Engagement is a key focus for HR departments. Employee
engagement is a global problem that costs companies hundreds of billions of
The causes of employee disengagement aren’t cut and dry. The
top drivers of employee engagement can be mitigated by HR and management
strategies that involve the employees.
Understanding some of the common causes of decreased
employee engagement and addressing these can help minimize this challenge for
Poor On-The-Job Relationships.
Work experience is critical for employee engagement. Data
shows that only 24% of employees “feel strongly connected to their co-workers.”
Many employees relate this disconnection between themselves and their
co-workers to management.
Managers who fail to create an environment where
cross-functional relationships can thrive only increases separate between
departments. Team building seems to be missing the mark. According to the same
survey, just 27% of employees think their company does a great job of building
and strengthening a team environment.
Building a strong and collaboration relationship between
employees is critical to employee engagement because it enhances the working
Lackluster Employee Recognition Programs
Unfortunately, few employees feel their company values them.
So why continue to work hard if no one seems to care or notice? Studies repeatedly show that employee
recognition programs increase engagement.
Employees frequently report that when management recognizes
their hard work, they will continue to strive for excellence in their job so
the company experiences a substantial increase in engagement.
There are countless ways to implement an employee
recognition program, including providing a rewards program based on the
personal preferences of your team along with company and public recognition.
No Opportunities for Development
Approximately 50% of all managers believe they provide
plenty of opportunities for professional growth and development for those who
report to them. Howevr, less than a third of employees feel their managers
provide these opportunities.
Boosting engagement through professional development
opportunities starts by understanding your employees’ career goals. That can
only happen if you’re talking to them. Check in with your employees
periodically to see what they want and how they feel about where they are in the
Employees are looking for training opportunities designed to
help them grow and advance. Depending on your employees, upskilling is an
excellent opportunity for stronger engagement and employee retention.
Lack of Management Transparency
Want a one-way ticket to kill morale? Then don’t be
Employees agree that dishonest and less than direct
management has a very negative impact in the workplace. They consistently
report that management is not forthcoming with information that helps them
understand critical components of what’s happening in the company.
When management fails to provide employees with the
information they need to thrive in their job and understand where the company
is going, employee engagement will decrease.
Culture is Not Offset By Perks
Measurable factors such as health insurance, salaries, and
workplace perks rarely influence employee engagement.
The top drivers of employee engagement have more to do with
the work environment and how employees feel valued.
Enjoying work, company culture and an environment that
supports career goals are far more important for employee engagement. Companies
need to focus on building a strong and supportive culture.
How Improved Training Can Offset
Each of these issues has one common theme —they can be
improved through quality and effective training.
Quality employee training plays an important role in
socialization between employees and it fosters an environment for healthy
expectations and desires. When employees’ desires are fulfilled through an
understanding of what their organization has to offer there is an increase in
Training drives employee investment, helps them see where
they fit in the organization and empowers them to excel. Building dynamic training programs designed to
engage your employees during training will increase employee engagement and strengthen