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Employee Engagement: The Key to Fostering a Thriving Workforce (Guest Post)

Grad Australia: Employee Engagement
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Employee engagement refers to the level of commitment and dedication that employees feel towards their job role and the organization. The phenomenon is often confused with employee satisfaction, which refers to the level of contentment and satisfaction of an employee towards their job.

Employee engagement has a broader scope though—it includes the emotional commitment, the level of pride, and the magnitude of discretionary efforts that employees willingly contribute to the success of the organization.

An engaged workforce is committed to pursue whatever goals and visions the organisation sets ahead of them. Here are some effective tips to foster employee engagement within your organization.

Individualize Your Engagement Efforts

Gone are the days when you could apply a generalized engagement strategy to your entire workforce. Since personalization is on the rise, nowdays engaging employees will require you to motivate each employee and increase their level of dedication, commitment, and involvement in organizational growth through an approach that is personalized and individualistic engagement.

The “treat people the way you want to be treated” philosophy has changed to “treat people the way they wish to be treated.” Implementing this change in philosophy will improve your relationship with your employees, making it more genuine, trusted, and profitable.

Create a Feedback and Response Mechanism

Incorporate a system of feedback and response mechanisms in your HR strategy. This will provide you realistic insights into the tasks and operations being performed. Such insights collected in real-time will make it convenient for you to track status and progress, provide instant feedback and response, and resolve questions and concerns. This will enhance the efficiency of employees’ work, eventually optimizing end results and boosting employee morale and motivation.

Introduce a Fair Recognition Mechanism

It’s a good practice to review and reflect upon the individual and collective performances that have made significant contributions to the organization’s growth and progress over a specific period of time. Incorporating a reward and recognition platform in your management designs and strategies will create a thriving and competitive culture within your organization.

Your employees will try to take the lead and put in their best efforts when they are assured that their efforts will be recognized, praised, and duly rewarded.

Break the Monotony

A workplace doesn’t have to be all about work every day. Although you cannot possibly arrange an activity on a regular basis, make it a point that you organize an interesting activity or excursion at least twice a year. Take your employees on a staff cruise, or arrange some beachside fun to help them get rid of stress and fatigue and spend a good day out in the sun.

Also, presenting customized gifts such as bespoke drink bottles, tees, or caps will make a good souvenir and keepsake to commemorate the day.

Engage Line Managers

Line managers act as an anchor or intermediate link between the workforce and top management. Since employee engagement is a top-level management function and starts at the top, it is the responsibility of organizational leaders and senior management to engage and involve managers and focal persons. This will encourage a culture of leadership at all tiers and ensure maximum involvement, commitment, and dedication from employees.

–by Grad Australia (GAU)

What You Should Do to Improve Your Work-Life Balance

Work-Life Balance
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As we enter vacation season, it makes me think of a topic covered in my book. A couple of articles I ran across while writing it really got me thinking about something I’ve not had an issue with but that affects so many: workaholism. If quality of life is important to you, read on.

More professionals than ever have laptops and can access corporate networks, email, and the internet nearly anywhere. Did you know that on weekends a whopping 98% of executives log on to work email when they’re not at the office? Can you believe 577 million vacation days went unused by U.S. workers in 2013? And 94% of professionals work 50+ hours per week! As I mentioned earlier, there’s a time for going the extra mile as you get settled in at your new job, but too many working people are losing quality of life.

Work is an important element of life, and doing your best at your job and in the course of your career is good for everyone. However, too much work can be counterproductive. Research has shown that 2 months’ worth of 60-hour work weeks were no more productive than 40-hour weeks and that in less than 1 month, 80-hour weeks caused burnout.

Move toward going home on time. Limit working long hours to occasional projects that merit the time. Try to mentally detach when you leave the office. On vacation, nights, or weekends, resist that habit or temptation to respond to work emails. Don’t put so much pressure on yourself that you assume your supervisor and/or coworkers must have everything they ask for lightning fast or that anyone will think you’re a slacker if you’re not working 50+ hour weeks (even if others are).

NOTE: If your job involves a lot of time at the computer, give your eyes a break and look away from your monitor for 10 seconds every 10 minutes.

Employees in Spain, France, and Brazil have an average of 30 vacation days a year, but in the U.S. and Mexico they only have 10. Further, the U.S. is the only industrialized nation that doesn’t require companies to give full-time employees paid vacation time! (Check out www.vacationequalityproject.com for a list of a few things you can do to further the movement for vacation equality in the U.S.) Finally, research by former NASA scientists found that workers show an 82% increase in job performance upon returning from a vacation. Folks, let’s try to strike a better balance when it comes to how work fits into our lives. It may sound trite or cheesy, but a healthier and happier you is a better worker.

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