Employee engagement is the key to success for organizational growth. When employees are highly engaged it results in discretionary effort which in turn results in innovation, customer delight and profits.
What exactly engages employees to go beyond the call of duty? Traditionally it has been pay, perks, pat on the back.
Research has shown that the most talented employees look for intrinsic motivation from work.
In a recent article, I wrote about such intrinsic motivators:
A great deal of research has been conducted on the science of happiness in recent years. Happiness is a result of mindfulness, optimism and gratitude. These can be built into the company culture.
Meaning refers to significance, an inner satisfaction. Great organisations answer the question – what is the difference you want to make in this world? How do you want to change the world?
3. Friends at work
Research shows that people who have at least three friends at work are more engaged and less likely to leave. True friendships and camarederie makes the workplace more productive and better.
4. Personal Productivity
Personal productivity techniques and methods – mobile apps, small habits and beating procrastination help employees to get more from life and work. These techniques help the organization to derive superior results from people.
5. Creative expression
Social media, internet and mobile devices have built an ever-connected world in which everyone wants to express, reach out and be a part of something larger.
Organizations that allow for this expression set the creative energies of their employees free and reap the benefits of innovation.
Passion means having great enthusiasm and energy for work. Modern-day great companies encourage exploration of personal projects and channeling passion into profitable projects.
A balance between work and life is a powerful engagement lever for the best companies. Factors that go into balance are flexibility, mobile environment, enabling policies and trusting managers.