To quote Albert Einstein, “if you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough”

Employee engagement is currently at the forefront of business advancement.  The countless benefits include higher productivity, lower turnover rate, increased profitability and many others.

However, through the streams of statistics and facts, somewhere along the way the true meaning of employee engagement has been lost.

Employee engagement in simple terms….

One of the most common misconceptions is that employee engagement means employee happiness. Whilst there is a clear correlation between employee engagement and happiness, it isn’t necessarily the same feeling.

In its most simplistic form, employee engagement refers to the emotional commitment an employee has for an organisation.

This emotional commitment causes an employee to care; therefore they are more likely to be motivated, focused and invested in the organisation.

Whilst on the opposite side of the spectrum, an unengaged employee will be mentally checked out and emotionally detached.

The benefits

Although it may seem quite obvious, employees who are fully engaged have immense benefits for an organisation.

One of the most noteworthy benefits is an increase in productivity. According to research conducted by Workplace Research Foundation, highly engaged employees are 38% more likely to have above-average productivity.

The reason for this higher productivity, is not for a reward or a salary, it is simply because they care. An employee who cares is more likely to volunteer to stay late, work harder and work better; thus resulting in an increase in success and profitability for an organisation.

What causes employees to care?

Emotional commitment is a natural occurrence which arises over time through mutual feelings of value and respect.

If an organisation values and cares for an employee, through encouraging career progression and improved wellbeing; an employee will be more likely to reciprocate feelings of respect and commitment.

Furthermore, if an employee is happier, healthier, and more connected with others – they are more likely to have a higher emotional commitment to all aspects of their life including work.

Therefore, if an organisation invests in improving their employees it will result in improved performance, and improved business.