Employee Engagement and why businesses should prioritise it

Employee Engagement and why businesses should prioritise it

Employee engagement is something eXPD8 are great at. There’s always some kind of competition, dress-up, event, course or wellness workshop happening. These all help to create a fun working environment and a place where employees can reach their full potential.

During my time at eXPD8 the opportunity to progress from Account Handler to Account Manager was given to me. As well as the chance to do a Level 3 CMI course in Leadership and Management, which I’m currently completing. I’ve also dressed up as an array of film characters (a minion, a T-rex, and Jabba the Hut – my personal favourite) to win points for my beloved house team.

All of which have made me what I would call ‘an engaged employee’. But what’s the difference between an engaged employee and someone who just shows up? I found a great definition online.

“Employee engagement creates the right conditions for members of an organisation to give their best each day. Committed to their organisation’s goals and values, motivated to contribute to organisational success, with an enhanced sense of their own well-being.
Employee engagement is based on trust, integrity, two-way commitment and communication between an organisation and its members. It increases the chances of business success, contributing to organisational and individual performance, productivity and well-being. Varying from poor to great, it can be measured, nurtured and dramatically increased, incidentally it can be lost and thrown away.”

This is a great explanation and something I feel will resonate with a lot of people. Most people have been in jobs they haven’t really enjoyed or felt valued in, so haven’t given their best efforts or full commitment as a result. But why should bosses take time to engage employees when everyone’s already busy doing the day-to-day? Here are just a few of the top benefits.

1. Productivity levels

Numerous studies have found that engaged employees have higher productivity levels than their disengaged counterparts. Employees that are genuinely committed to the success of the business, will want to contribute to its success and go the extra mile to do so.

2. It improves staff retention and reduces absence

Engaged employees take pride in their work, have good relationships with their teams and a strong sense of purpose; knowing the positive impact their work has on the business. As a result, they’re less likely to look for new opportunities or have time off sick, reducing the amount of time and money lost to recruitment, training, and absence – all of which have a negative impact on the businesses bottom line.

3. They help create a positive work environment

It’s no secret that positivity is contagious, and that positive people are the foundation of a happy environment. Showing up with a positive, can-do attitude, reflects the overall mood and morale of the business.

4. It attracts new talent

If people outside of the business can see how engaged your employees are they’re much more likely to want to work for you themselves. Therefore more likely to recommend the business to peers, making recruiting easier and minimising the need to fork out for help from expensive agencies.

5. Its promotes innovation and creativity

Engaged employees aren’t just doing the bare minimum to get through the working day, they’re also probably thinking of ways things could be improved. And as they’re the ones doing day-to-day tasks they’re probably going to be the people with the best ideas. Having that creativity will also help them come up with solutions to challenges, a quality which all businesses should look for from employees.

If you’re interested in any of the vacancies eXPD8 currently have or want the opportunity to dress up as a T-rex at work yourself, please visit our vacancies page here.

Laura Bond
Client Account Manager