How to Improve Employee Engagement: Focus on Productivity

Part 2 of the Employee Engagement Series

When an employee is engaged, they’re happier and better performers, finds Gallup. This is great news as we want a happy and productive workforce. To achieve this dual state, I look to the 12 Elements of Engagement as outlined in the Gallup’s State of the American Workplace report. Since I’ve already addressed the first Element of Engagement in a prior blog, let’s go straight to number two, which screams productivity:

I have the materials and equipment I need to do my work right.

Sounds simple enough to implement, yet why do 7 in 10 U.S. employees believe they don’t have the needed materials and equipment to get their work done right, as reported by Gallup? Why are organizations reporting that they’re experiencing negative hits on profitability, workplace safety, and quality of output as a result?

Of all the 12 engagement elements, an employee having the materials and equipment to do their work well is the strongest indicator of job stress, states Gallup.

To sum up the impact, an employee without the right materials and equipment may very well be under-performing, unhappy, not safe, and stressed out – while the organization is likely losing money, employees and customers.

Let’s fix this.

Hopefully you found this blog as a productive use of your time in helping you tackle the second element of employee engagement. Stay tuned as we count down to number 12!

Part 1 of the Employee Engagement series addressed Gallup’s first element of engagement, providing guidance on how to improve employee engagement by setting expectations with employees. You can check it out .


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