3 benefits of having an engaged workforce

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It is fair to say that in the current recruitment scene, the concept of employee engagement has never been more important.

Employees have a fair amount of choice when it comes to jobs - so the last thing that businesses want is to push their talent into the arms of the opposition.

This makes employee engagement a vital part of any small business - but what exactly does this term mean?

Employee engagement has no set definition, however, it can be broken down into communication, recognition, personal development and employer interaction. Basically, if an employer creates a positive engagement conducive to a stress-free, happy worker - then widespread benefits are possible.

Here are just three of those benefits:

1) Productivity

One of the overarching benefits of employee engagement is improved productivity. Those employees who are engaged with their working environment are more likely to come to work more often and commit to going the extra mile for the business.

An engaged employee usually wants career progression so in turn works harder for the business - definitely a win-win situation for both parties.

2) Innovation

The offset of a productive, engaged worker is innovation. As these individuals are working at a higher level, bringing an element of passion, commitment and interest to the job - there is a high chance that they will come up with innovation in the workplace.

Engaged workers also want the best for the business so are more likely to come up with new products, services or even solve problems.

3) Job expectations

When businesses are recruiting, one of the worst events that can occur is an employee leaving after a short period of time without warning. From a productivity and financial point of view, the consequences could be severe.

To avoid this, employers need to open up the lines of communication with new employees in particular. If there are any problems, then these can be addressed and solved. This also engages the worker in their environment ensuring that isolation isn't the cause of their departure.