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The Best Employee Engagement Strategies For 2024

In 2024, the business and work worlds are evolving rapidly. It’s hard to say how changing technology or economic trends will impact your business this year. There’s one thing we do know, though: To steer your business toward success, you need strong employee engagement strategies. 

An engaged workforce is more likely to stay productive, find innovative solutions to challenges, and contribute to sustained growth. The most competitive companies will be the ones that can keep their teams motivated, productive, and committed.

DEFINING EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT

Employee engagement is the level of effort, dedication, and passion employees invest in their roles. It’s a key factor in organizational success. When employees are engaged, they are more likely to perform well, continue working at your company, develop their skills, suggest new ideas, and collaborate well with other team members.

It's important to differentiate between employee engagement and satisfaction. While satisfaction is a measure of employees’ happiness in their jobs, engagement delves deeper, measuring motivation and involvement. An engaged employee is committed to improving performance and instigating positive change within your organization, not just getting a paycheck.

Based on recent Gallup surveys, only 33% of full- and part-time employees in the U.S. are engaged, while 16% are actively disengaged. In many other countries, employees are even less engaged, with the global engagement average at just 23%. Meanwhile, organizations that use best workplace practices have as many as 72% of their employees engaged — an enormous difference!

Below, we will explore both new and established employee engagement strategies to help you succeed in your business goals this year.

UPDATED STRATEGIES FOR EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT

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1. Create Opportunities For Growth and Learning

In 2024, technology and work are changing quickly, and employees need to keep updating their skills to succeed. If your company cultivates a culture of continuous learning, it will not only benefit your employees but also enhance your company's competitiveness in today’s shifting market.

You can boost engagement by encouraging employees to continue their development through courses, trying new tasks, or attending conferences, for example. If your company is larger you may even want to consider implementing a tuition reimbursement program so employees can take their education to the next level.

2. Give and Receive Feedback

Engaged teams thrive on meaningful feedback. Managers should provide constructive insights into performance while being open to receiving feedback themselves. 

Whether it comes through informal discussions or structured quarterly evaluations, feedback makes a huge difference. It can spark motivation, give employees a clear goal, and inspire them to contribute to a more productive workplace.

3. Build a Culture of Respect

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Highly engaged employees tend to have strong working relationships with their managers and coworkers, relationships that are based on mutual respect. They receive clear expectations and constructive feedback from their managers, but they aren’t micromanaged. They are recognized for their achievements. Since these employees feel trusted and respected, they are more likely to put in more effort.

A new year or new quarter is a great time to reexamine your work culture. Think about how your company processes communicate a sense of respect for employees, or lack thereof. Look for opportunities to acknowledge each employee’s achievements, ideas, and other efforts, whether it’s through a formal awards program or more informal recognition.

4. Communicate With Employees About Your Organization’s Trajectory

Many disengaged employees feel like their work doesn’t matter. They might put in their hours, but without a clear purpose, they lack the motivation or inspiration to go above and beyond. 

Engaged employees understand their organization’s mission and believe in its trajectory. They perceive their role as integral to the organization's success, contributing actively to its goals. Organizations with high engagement tend to have a clear mission for the present moment as well as future years, encouraging employees to do better work and find ways to improve processes.

5. Encourage Personal Projects

Depending on the type of work your company does, it usually makes sense to give employees time for personal projects. Often, managers try to boost efficiency by directing employees to focus on other types of tasks. But in the long run, personal projects often make a huge difference in keeping employees engaged and productive. 

Employee-driven projects spark energy and innovation. They also foster a collaborative environment where ideas freely flow among team members, leading to more efficient, high-quality work over the long term.

6. Support Employee Wellness

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A healthy workforce is more likely to be productive, happy, and engaged. You can boost employee satisfaction and help employees do their best work by supporting their health with programs that address both physical and mental well-being. 

If you haven’t already, it may be a great time to set up a free preventative health benefits program like the one LG Resources offers. Our plan includes programs for mental and behavioral health, access to telemedicine, human performance coaching, and more. What’s more, it qualifies for tax benefits that effectively pay the full cost of the plan. You can’t miss out on this amazing employee benefit!

7. Use Better Metrics For Employee Engagement

Many employers are already using survey tools to measure employee satisfaction. However, the most popular tools don’t tell you much about the sources of disengagement or how to fix the problem. 

At LG Resources, we can give you access to a new type of employee engagement assessment. Our assessment tells you which parts of your organization are disengaged, why they’re disengaged, and how you can resolve that disengagement. What’s more, it helps you figure out how to prioritize those solutions. 

With short but smartly designed surveys, you can gain a comprehensive view of the emotional undercurrent flowing through your organization. You can stay ahead of the curve with useful, real-time data.

8. Use a Holistic Employee Engagement Platform

LG Resources’ employee engagement platform isn't just a survey tool. It's an all-encompassing solution that nurtures a culture of engagement across all levels. We include a leadership development academy, highly insightful engagement assessments, personality profiles to help you compare job candidates and better motivate employees, and more.

TRY OUR EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT TOOLS AND STRATEGIES

Employee engagement is a vital necessity to help your business succeed. At LG Resources, we are committed to helping you build a workplace where employees are thriving and motivated to contribute. Our employee engagement platform can help you:

  • Boost performance and productivity
  • Reduce time-to-productivity
  • Reduce turnover
  • Increase employee satisfaction and engagement
  • Increase customer satisfaction (happy employees lead to happy customers!)
  • And more!

This holistic platform is meticulously designed to meet the needs of modern organizations. With our help, you can unlock the full potential of your team. 

Request a demo today to see how it works.

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