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Employee Engagement and what it means for HR

Posted Tuesday, October 11, 2016 by Unicorn HRO

For any Human Resources staff, employee engagement and its role in the workplace is of major importance.  Employee engagement is what is used to measure the sort of loyalty that any given employee has to their job or position, as well as towards co-workers and company culture. Employee engagement is important, as one’s loyalty can affect the productivity and wellness of the company.  Naturally, Human Resource staff want the best workers to be engaged in a way that best benefits the company. Positive engagement means that these employees are connected to their job, loyal, and willing to put in the extra work necessary to accomplish company goals.  Below are ways for HR staff to ensure such positive employee engagement.

Think of how employee engagement can work at your company

As HR serves as the main facilitator of employee engagement due to its role as a mediator between workers, managers, and executive leadership, it is important to know what the plans and goals for employee engagement will be.  HR needs to know why employee engagement is important, what helps it to work, how to measure engagement, as well as what HR staff can be do to improve engagement.  Once this knowledge is acquired, HR staff can then communicate its benefits to executives, managers, and employees as to why it’s important, and what can be done to ensure a better working atmosphere in day to day business.

How does the employee fit into the company’s culture?

One of the most important ways of ensuring positive employee engagement is finding the best fit for the job or position.  When interviewing candidates for a position, HR managers need to consider each candidate’s “cultural fit” with the company.   A cultural fit includes seeing if the prospective candidate will be able to complement the culture of the company, and this can be determined during the interview process.  Once the candidate is hired, it is important that the employee stay dedicated to the company culture.  To do this, HR staff serve an important role in liaising between management and employees to ensure achievement of company goals, as well as continuously communicate company values to employees.

Recognition and Rewards

As well as upholding company culture to promote employee engagement, HR staff can also promote engagement by creating a culture of recognition and rewards at the company.  HR staff play an important role in determining whether or not an employee is recognized for a job well done, so it is their responsibility to report to management the positive contributions of individual employees or teams.  Engagement surveys can serve as a valuable tool in finding where employees stand when it comes to performance, and recognizing employees regularly can provide a general good feeling at the office, as well as motivation for other employees to improve their performance.  HR staff should encourage employees to show appreciation for their co-worker’s contributions in order to create better personal as well as working relationships in day-to-day business.

HR is key in ensuring a positive working environment in which all employees feel that they serve an important role.  By taking these measures to ensure employee engagement, HR will play an instrumental role in improving the productivity of day-to-day business and demonstrate its commitment to helping the company achieve success.  

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