The Engagement Edge
It's common sense and science. Trust and value employees, and you unlock the engagement edge, the discretionary effort that has been shown to make a huge difference in profits and performance, as employees go the extra mile.
Firms with the highest engagement have 3.9 times the shareholder return. Gallup estimates the cost from lost productivity due to disengagement at $300 billion a year. Engaged employees are up to 28% more productive (Conference Board).
Building and sustaining employee engagement not only boosts productivity, but also stress management and work-life balance. Researchers say that engagement and its key dimensions—dedication, vigor, and absorption—are the antidote to burnout. So how do you unleash this magic?
Activating Trust and Achievement
Employees are more dedicated when they feel a valued part of a shared process. They are more motivated when they are given the support to get around obstacles and more committed to their work when they are recognized for accomplishments.
Key to the satisfaction that drives extra effort is a sense of growth and progress. Harvard's Teresa Amabile and researcher Steven Kramer found that progress in meaningful work is the primary employee motivator, and that 95% of managers don't know it.
Our employee engagement program brings progress, trust, and value to your teams through the science of human motivation and gratification. Thanks to the research, we know exactly what employees need to feel satisfied.
The program gives your organization the tools to satisfy your employees' core needs, such as autonomy and competence. A host of science and proven results in the corporate world show that supporting core needs activates all the main drivers of engagement—trust in leadership, acknowledging achievement, two-way communication, career development, and shared decision-making.
We help your organization tap in to the inner aspirations that drive self-initiative. It turns out that full engagement doesn't come from the usual external rewards, from financial incentives or other traditional carrots. The science shows that it comes from activating the most potent motivation on the planet—intrinsic motivation—and self-propelled excellence.
Our Full Engagement program unleashes extra effort within every team member through a system that transforms workplace behavior and engagement. Key elements of the program include:
• More choice in how to do tasks
• More personal, two-way communication and candor, promoting trust
• A rationale for why tasks are being done
• Less controlling structures, more informational ones
• Rewards as appreciation, not motivation
• Helping employees set challenging goals and providing latitude to achieve them
• Encouraging more self-responsibility and assessment
• Feedback that promotes competence
• Supporting employee development and well-being
• Involvement in decision-making and ability to contribute
• Facilitating purpose through intrinsic motivation
Engagement Surveys and Follow-Up Sustainment
Building trust and shared vision takes a concerted effort between leaders and teams to change the way work is done. We can help you through the process, from engagement surveys to identify the key issues, to sustainment programs to keep the progress going.