The battle for employee engagement: a quarter of employers losing the fight

New research from totaljobs reveals that more than a quarter of employers are struggling to engage their workforce.

So while 59% identified lower productivity as a clear sign of employee engagement, 28% admitted that they were struggling to keep their workforce engaged.

Almost half of those asked said that disengaged employees continually arrive late and leave early, while more than 40% cited indicators of disengagement were chatting with colleagues and taking too many breaks.

A hefty 62% said that lack of engagement made poor performance a common problem.

The research reveals the increased need for more effective employee engagement strategies at a time of near full employment and in a candidate-led market.

51% of respondents said that better communications, whether via email, newsletter or team meetings, is an effective way to increase engagement, while 46% felt setting clear objectives is an effective strategy.

And while more than one in 10 said hiring the right staff in the first place is perhaps one of the most important ways of fostering employee engagement, there are a number of strategies that are popular and can be successful.

Popular strategies to help employees engage with their work are to create a stimulating work environment, foster a strong team dynamic, create a strong, visible management team and to reward the most active and engaged employees.

Meanwhile, another totaljobs study on ‘Work Spouses’ studying the importance of relationships at work, reveals that 54% of employers believe strong work relationships improve company culture and 70% say they are good for overall morale.

92% of employers in that study agree that good relationships at work make people more engaged with their jobs.

Matthew Harradine, director at totaljobs, comments: “Our research suggests a real problem for employers. With the employment rate at record highs, it’s never been more important to keep staff engaged, which more often than not results in keeping them happy and retained.

“There are a number of simple solutions to achieve this, like clear communication, and building a strong and visible management team, but it also may come down to subtle changes which can foster all-important work friendships.”

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

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