Employee Engagement Strategies You Should Know in 2024

by | Mar 25, 2024

Why is employee engagement important?

Employee engagement refers to the emotional commitment and connection employees have to their organisation, which influences their level of effort and dedication to their work. 

As we delve into 2024, creating an environment where employees are not just present but highly engaged is crucial for organisational success and goes beyond the conventional methods of supervision; it’s about fostering an environment that supports the professional as well as personal goals of each individual, whilst encouraging dedication, productivity, and team wellbeing.

In this blog post, we will explore some of our preferred employee engagement strategies that we believe are instrumental in shaping a thriving workplace culture, but first:

Whose job is it to improve employee engagement?

Supporting and enhancing employee engagement is a “shared responsibility”. That means that everyone at the company needs to do their bit, from top-level executives to entry-level employees.

“Shared responsibility” relies on the collaborative efforts of the entire workforce, with tasks, goals, and outcomes shared among team members rather than falling solely on individuals. It thrives on clear roles, open communication, and mutual support, ensuring everyone understands their responsibilities and how they contribute to the team’s success. 

It’s practised through transparent communication, equitable responsibility distribution, and the collective celebration of achievements. Ultimately, it fosters a sense of unity and ownership, driving productivity, innovation, and employee satisfaction within the workplace. Team members hold each other accountable, embracing triumphs and setbacks as collective learning experiences. Flexibility and adaptability are essential, allowing teams to adjust strategies and responsibilities as needed. 

Even though the whole workforce needs to contribute to truly driving employee engagement, creating a dedicated role, like a Wellbeing and Culture Manager, or partnering with a wellbeing consultant can significantly contribute to sustained engagement efforts.

By fostering a culture of shared responsibility, organisations can ensure that employee engagement remains a top priority at all levels.

When it comes to engagement, what 3 types of employee are there?

1. The engaged employee:

These employees are emotionally connected to their work and organisation. They are enthusiastic, motivated, and committed to contributing their best efforts. They often take the initiative, collaborate well with others, and actively seek ways to improve their work and the organisation as a whole.

2. The disengaged employee:

Disengaged employees are generally indifferent or uninterested in their work and organisation. They may perform their job duties adequately but are lacking in enthusiasm and dedication. Disengaged employees may not actively contribute to the organisation’s success and may be more prone to absenteeism and turnover.

3. The actively disengaged employee:

This final group of employees are not only uninterested in their work but may also harbour negative feelings towards the organisation. They may express their dissatisfaction openly or undermine the efforts of their colleagues which can have a detrimental impact on the overall work environment, leading to decreased morale and potentially affecting the engagement of their team.

Data taken from Gallup’s findings to demonstrate employee engagement in the UK

10 ways to improve employee engagement at work

1. Understand the pulse of your team

Conduct regular surveys to gauge employee satisfaction, identify pain points, and discover areas for improvement to improve your understanding of your team and what motivates them.

Remember: recognising the specific needs of your workforce enables you to tailor engagement strategies that resonate with them!

2. Employee motivation strategies

Implement diverse methods of employee motivation, such as personalised recognition programmes, career development opportunities, and performance incentives. Recognising and rewarding employees for their efforts not only boosts morale but also creates a sense of accomplishment.

3. Cultivate a positive work environment

Encourage open communication, foster a culture of inclusivity, and prioritise work-life integration. Investing in workplace wellbeing consultants can provide invaluable insights into creating an atmosphere that promotes mental and physical health.

At Dharma, we offer a variety of employee training services, including Creating Psychological Safety at Work, which teaches leaders the fundamentals of building an inclusive, safe and fulfilling work environment for their teams.

4. Empower employees through training and development

Empowerment is a key element of engagement. Providing employees with continuous learning opportunities and professional development programs gives your staff the opportunity to grow and advance in their careers, making them more likely to stay engaged and committed to their work.

Explore our wide variety of training options designed with employees and leaders in mind. 

5. Flexible Working

Embrace flexible work arrangements and set clear guidelines, such as remote work options or flexible hours, to accommodate the diverse needs of your workforce. This not only enhances how your employees approach the management of their professional and personal commitments but also builds trust within the team.

6. Work with a wellbeing consultant

Hiring a workplace wellbeing consultant can be a game-changer in enhancing employee engagement. These specialists can assess your organization’s wellbeing landscape, provide tailored recommendations, and implement strategies that prioritise mental and physical health.

We offer services to help you do just that. In the first instance, we can provide you with an analysis of your workplace culture to determine whether you are meeting the needs of your workforce, and from there, you can decide whether to continue your company’s workplace wellbeing journey and achieve the National Standards of Workplace Wellbeing.

Our assessment and consultancy services cater to the specific needs of your company to ensure that your workplace wellbeing initiatives are strategic, systematic and comprehensive in their design and delivery. 

Remember: a healthy workforce is an engaged workforce!

7. Foster strong leadership

Leadership plays a pivotal role in shaping the culture of engagement. Equip leaders with the skills to inspire and motivate their teams by providing training and mentorship. A leadership team that prioritises communication, transparency and support fosters an environment where employees feel valued and understood.

8. Clear communication channels

Effective communication is the backbone of employee engagement. Establish transparent communication channels that keep employees informed about company goals, updates, and changes. An informed workforce is an engaged workforce.

9. Promote team building

Team-building activities create a sense of camaraderie and collaboration among employees. Whether virtual or in-person, team-building events strengthen relationships, boost morale, and contribute to a positive work environment.

10. Employee recognition programmes

Implementing employee recognition programs is a data-backed method for boosting engagement. Acknowledge and celebrate individual and team achievements regularly. This motivates employees and reinforces a positive and appreciative workplace culture.

Ultimately, the success of any organisation in 2024 hinges on…

Its ability to create an environment for highly engaged employees, which as you now know, means so much more than employees that just “turn up”.

By reconsidering your approach to employee engagement, you can build a workplace culture that fosters motivation, wellbeing, and job satisfaction, leading to increased productivity and success in the long run.

Stay informed to unlock the benefits of improved workplace wellbeing.