Leadership, Engagement Boost Company Development
Employee engagement has become an essential tool for organizations striving to increase productivity, implement innovative business strategies and improve performance. The latter is making companies move away from being solemnly capital focused and begin integrating employees’ development as part of their business strategy.
Employee engagement can be critical to a company's success, given its clear links to job satisfaction and employee morale. Communication is a critical part of creating and maintaining employee engagement. Engaged employees are more likely to be productive, higher performing and display a greater commitment to a company's values and goals, explained Investopedia.
Despite the benefits, “85 percent of employees in Mexico are not engaged in the workplace,” explained Mario Rodríguez, Former CEO, Arbomex. Furthermore, 73 percent of workers are looking for a job that challenges them and 69 percent of employees feel unappreciated at work, said Rodríguez.
Companies’ priorities often center on pleasing clients “without realizing that employees are part of their client base just as much as clients, shareholders and the overall community,” said Rodríguez. As a result, employees need to be provided with a sensorial experience through social, workplace and organizational encounters.
In his experience on employment development, there are four fundamental pillars to have involved employees:
- Development of the entrepreneur in every employee so they feel empowered in their job.
- Leadership training because effective leaders are able to influence their followers to achieve the organization’s goals, produce change and motivate employees.
- Family integration is key to help employees find a satisfactory work-life balance, reducing stress and fomenting happiness.
- Resilience during challenging times will also help employees to face uncertainty.
Training is one of the most fundamental factors in a company’s value proposition, said Rodríguez. “Employees have to be trained on activities that create savings and revenue for the company and for themselves. Furthermore, they could also greatly benefit from encouraging their creativity and inspiration, and by having a business mindset within the family. That way they can create their own capital.”
The secret mix for a company to be successful, according to Rodríguez, is to promote engagement, create happiness, foment trust and teamwork and train leadership. Emotional salaries are also fundamental, he added, highlighting those activities such as reading, camping, dancing, theater, swimming, and quality time with peers, partners and family add to the value proposition. “Knowing how to manage talent to increase engagement is a skill that human resource professionals are encouraging among leaders at all levels,” said Rodríguez.