How do you know when your staff is engaged and what does an engaged employee really look like? Do you know what signs to look for – and what to do when they start to check out mentally? Employees should be engaged in their work more often than not, for the benefit of their own wellbeing and for your bottom line as an employer. Engaged employees are often more productive and produce better quality work, as they’re personally invested in and connected to their outcomes. So what does an engaged employee look like?
Engaged employees willingly go above their job descriptions
People who are invested in their work and the company want to outperform themselves, improve their skills and develop their career. It’s for this reason they don’t restrict their tasks to only what matters in their job description. If you see someone agreeing to new and interesting tasks, it’s a sign they’re engaged.
Engaged employees are positive
While it’s impossible to be happy 100% of the time, engaged employees come into work with a positive effect. They boost their coworkers’ moods and always attempt to participate in conversations, team building and lunches. On the other hand, people who are disengaged will often bristle with stress or exude boredom.
Engaged employees are after more than just a payslip
While some staff might show up and get tasks done only to ensure they get paid, engaged employees find fulfilment in more than the money. That’s not to say they don’t value a fair wage or salary (it’s necessary to pay staff what they’re worth) but that they consider things like skills development, new knowledge and deep connections with their co-workers.
Engaged employees speak highly of the company
When asked about their job or workplace, these employees don’t hesitate to give it a positive review; although there are some aspects about their work they don’t enjoy, on the whole, they’re an advocate of what they do day-to-day.
Engaged employees feel like they’re supported
One of the biggest reasons employees leave jobs is because they’re unsatisfied with leadership. Conversely, they stay in roles because they are supported and listened to if problems do arise.
Engaged employees express their thoughtful opinions
If your workers are thoughtful about their jobs and keen about making progress, they’ll raise their opinions when it’s relevant – whether that’s in meetings or otherwise. If they are interested in seeing the company succeed, they’ll put their mind to making this happen.
But what about disengaged employees?
From time to time, employees may become disengaged – it’s entirely natural. If this period stretches on for a long time, it can signal other issues that need to be addressed. If you notice employees aren’t performing to their usual standard, or have become withdrawn at work, speak to a consultant at Engage & Grow. We’ll be able to create an action plan for you and your employee to get them back on track. Follow these tips to see what an engaged employee look like!
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