It’s apparent that employee engagement increases the organization’s bottom line and performance, but what about the individual?
As an employee, why would l care about being more engaged if it only means I have to work harder and the company reaps all of the rewards?
Engaged employees are 5 TIMES less likely than non-engaged employees to have a safety incident and 7 TIMES less likely to have a lost-time safety incident.
Disengaged employees are TWICE as likely to be injured on the job as engaged employees. (Based on Worker’s Compensation Claims)
TAKE AWAY: Engaged employees tend to follow safety procedures more diligently and don’t lose focus as often, thus leading to fewer safety incidents.
2. Better Health
Disengaged employees were TWICE as likely to be diagnosed as depressed than those who were engaged.
Those that were engaged reported lower stress and higher interest levels throughout the day. They also showed improvements in cholesterol and blood pressure readings.
TAKE AWAY: Engaged employees tend to have better mental and physical health, thus raising internal morale and productivity.
Employees can be happy but not fully engaged in their work. But those who are fully engaged in what they do are much more likely to also be happy.
EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT ≠ HAPPINESS
It’s not magic…but it is. Employee engagement is based on fulfilling five basic human needs in our work:
TAKE AWAY: Research shows that once these five needs are met, our overall level of happiness increases.
4. Superior Performance
Being engaged is “having a great day at work,” or “being in the zone.”
- WORK HARDER
- WORK SMARTER
- PRODUCE BETTER RESULTS
- EARN HIGHER WAGES
- GET PROMOTED FASTER
- CREATE BETTER CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
TAKE AWAY: Being fully engaged doesn’t mean devoting oneself entirely to a job and sacrificing work-life balance. Be ENERGIZED and COMMITTED to your work.
5. Better Home Life
Disengaged at Work EQUALS Disengaged at Home. We’re simply wired that way.
“I have my work-life and my home-life. They don’t mix.” Two separate lives? Not true.
TAKE AWAY: Engaged employees are far more likely to be engaged outside of work. Home Sweet Home! Two separate lives? NOT TRUE.
Effective practice guidelines: Employee engagement and commitment. SHRM
Q12 Meta-Analysis, Gallup
Well Being: The Five Essential Elements, by Tom Rath & Jim Harter
ENGAGEMENT MAGIC: Five Keys for Engaging People, Leaders, and Organizations, by Tracy Maylett