Hiring Wisdom: The Trick in Engagement Is Creating Engaging Experiences

Many pollsters regularly measure and report on employee engagement.

Gallup does so regularly, and their latest numbers show this:

The slightly improved level of employee engagement that persisted in the U.S. workforce in 2015 continued in January. Nearly one-third of workers last month — 32.5 percent — were engaged in their jobs. Employee engagement has not fallen below 32.0 percent since August of last year.”

Gallup deems workers as “engaged” based on their ratings of:

Key workplace elements that predict important organizational performance outcomes, such as having an opportunity to do what they do best each day, having someone at work who encourages their development, and believing their opinions count.”

Creating experiences is the key

That’s all well and good, but I think what they’re actually measuring are the employee’s experiences.

Do they have friends and mentors on the job? Are their contributions recognized? Are they encouraged to participate in decisions and are their ideas and opinions respected?

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What kind of engagement experiences are you creating for your people?

This was originally published on Mel Kleiman’s Humetrics blog.

Mel Kleiman, CSP, is an internationally-known authority on recruiting, selecting, and hiring hourly employees. He has been the president of Humetrics since 1976 and has over 30 years of practical experience, research, consulting and professional speaking work to his credit. Contact him at mkleiman@humetrics.com.