Understanding employee engagement is most valuable when understood within the context of the strengths and weaknesses of the organisation. If we look at employee engagement alone, without considering the culture that employees work in, we potentially leave ourselves blind to the strategic strengths and weaknesses in the organisation that impact employee performance and ultimately organisational performance.
The leaders and managers need to ensure that the characteristics of their organisation (their culture) serve to inspire employees to reach that heightened positive state toward their job and organisation we know as engagement. We believe employee engagement is an outcome of a healthy culture.
Employee engagement is the emotional commitment the employee has to the organisation and its goals. This emotional commitment means engaged employees actually care about their work and their organisation. They don’t work just for a paycheck, or just for the next promotion, but work on behalf of the organisation’s goals.
Employee engagement focuses on developing and motivating employees to enhance work productivity. An employee’s attitudes and beliefs towards health and wellness can affect engagement. Incorporating the company’s mission and values into a Health and Wellness program allows employees to thoroughly understand the culture within the company and helps initiate the engagement process.
Health and Wellness programs are a tool for improving and supporting wellbeing and through wellbeing, employee engagement and overall happiness. Most important, if you’re looking to improve employee engagement, start with wellness. We believe wellness leads to engagement. Healthy, supported employees are good for the company, the community and the world.
Effective communication is essential to business success. At the most basic level, employees who don’t know what’s expected of them seldom perform to their potential. “You can tie back almost every employee issue — attendance, morale, performance, and productivity — to communication,” says Fred Holloway, an HR adviser in Medford, Oregon.
Communication to employees about strategy, targets, and initiatives is vital if employees are to contribute to the strategy. Communicating health education to employees can help effectively manage and prevent or improve the likelihood of illness and disease.
Some skeptics in the organisation will ask why wellness is important. This question comes from executives, as well as employees who do not understand how staying well contributes to the organisation as a whole. It is imperative that employees understand that their health and well-being can enhance or hinder workplace productivity.
Stakeholders will often pose the question, “What do I get out of this?” There are tangible and intangible benefits of a health and wellness program. The benefits often include higher service, quality and productivity, fewer safety incidents, less absenteeism, better customer satisfaction which leads to increased sales, higher levels of profit and ultimately higher shareholder returns.
Ultimately, employee engagement cannot be achieved by a single action since there are different levels of engagement. Employee engagement and culture are now business issues, not just topics for HR to debate.
This post includes information from Corporate Wellness Magazine, Inc. & Dr. Arpankumar Janumalaa.