What Is Employee Engagement? - Definition, Strategies & Examples

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  • 0:01 Employee Engagement Overview
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  • 1:21 Job Meaning & Autonomy
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Instructor: Orin Davis
Employee engagement reflects an emotional attachment to one's work in conjunction with commitment to the job - and a consequent willingness to go beyond the call of duty.

Employee Engagement Overview

Ever had a day when you woke up, jumped out of bed, and excitedly went. . . to work? Odd as that sounds to some people, there are those who feel an emotional attachment to their work, are committed to their jobs, and generally put their all into their work. They exhibit employee engagement.

Importance of Employee Engagement

A review of the research on employee engagement yields so many inconsistencies that it's hard to find consensus among them. Organization scientists disagree about most of the details of the construct, but they do agree on a few basic ideas; namely, there is a level of energy and vitality among those who are experiencing engagement, which is consistent with a commitment to the job and an emotional connection to it.

The reason why employee engagement is so important to companies is that there are a host of benefits associated with high employee engagement. For example, engaged employees are more likely to volunteer their time and services for the company beyond the call of their job descriptions. They are less likely to quit, fail to show up to work, or take sick days. Engaged employees tend to be more productive, though engagement does not necessarily cause productivity, as there are many factors that relate to productivity, such as availability of resources. They also tend to produce higher-quality work.

Job Meaning & Autonomy

As a result of the many benefits associated with employee engagement, companies are constantly looking for ways to increase it among their workers. Here are two key strategies:

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