Employee engagement is becoming a focus in human resources departments across the country.
After investing in hiring and training employees, it’s important that they are not only retained and satisfied with their work, but also engaged — that they are fully absorbed by and enthusiastic about their work and take positive action to further the organization’s reputation and interests.
Employee engagement, however, can’t be forced.
Facebook’s HR team recently completed a study showing that the company’s most engaged employees aren’t the ones who have best friends at work or a caring manager. Being treated with respect didn’t crack the top three reasons individuals were engaged with their work either.
Instead, people had to be proud of their company.
It makes sense.
Early on in life, children are taught to have pride in their school, sports teams, or the other extracurricular activities they are involved in. If they have that pride, they do their best to better their school community, help their teams, and bring success to the other organizations they associate themselves with. Those who don’t feel that pride, don’t engage.
People have a similar relationship with their company. When they’re proud of the places they work, they are likely to engage at numerous levels, doing not just their best, but also contributing in other ways — mentoring, sitting on committees, and finding additional ways to assist.
But where does that come from? Optimisim, mission, and social impact.
Engaged employees believe in the company’s future, its vision and its goals. They also believe that the company is making the world a better place.
At Give2Get, we focus on helping companies make meaningful, lasting social impact on their communities.
We’ve worked with companies to help plan their “Days of Service” for employees, which have included improving local schools or Boys & Girls Clubs. In just half a day, we’ve seen these places completely transformed with updated playgrounds, new technology centers, and an improved look and feel thanks to fresh paint, new murals, and much-needed handiwork.
We’ve also worked with teams that are hosting quarterly or annual meetings in conference centers. Those teams complete their activities onsite at the hotel, building bird houses for Audubon societies, making blankets for children’s hospitals, or creating care packages for the homeless and hungry.
Social good is about showing people that the company’s work improves people’s lives. At Give2Get, we do that every day.
We can’t make your employees more optimistic or make your mission statement something they believe in, but we can show you how to “walk the walk” when it comes to social good. We make it fun, too.