Theme: The Importance of Employee Engagement

Numerous studies have shown that engaged employees are highly valuable assets to an organization. Engaged employees display a level of commitment and involvement towards the organization that provides tangible results. Awareness surrounding business goals, training programs and performance opportunities creates a positive attitude towards their organization that influences collaboration, productivity, creativity and problem solving. Therefore, implementing employee engagement initiatives that include

TRAINING OR eLEARNING

PROGRAMS HELP:
Retain Employees
Increase Productivity
Prepare Team Members
for Leadership Roles

training programs as central components are proving to be an attractive, trackable workforce investment. Research shows a steady increase in businesses using online training and learning management systems (LMS) to provide the velocity and scalability to train employees quickly on required knowledge and skills. In addition, eLearning can help retain employees, increase their productivity and successfully help team members prepare for leadership roles.

Although research indicates organizations recognize the importance of employee engagement and its contributions to business success, how the company approaches and implements employee engagement ideas requires further evaluation. Gallup reports employee engagement has stagnated in the U.S. recently. With half of all employees being cited by Gallup as “not engaged” and another 17% as actively disengaged, organizations can greatly increase the quality of their workforce through tools that bring employees value as a professional, a team member and a well-rounded person. Utilizing eLearning to enable a well-constructed training plan offers the employee professional development as well as the opportunity to feel informed and valued as part of the organization, potentially with a greater career path than before. Employee surveys commonly indicate when training is relevant to their day-today functions, an upsurge in employee motivation occurs. Engaged employees become better contributors to the company’s growth, customer satisfaction and brand identity.

Utilizing eLearning to enable a well-constructed training plan offers the employee professional development as well as the opportunity to feel informed and valued as part of the organization, potentially with a greater career path than before.

Research suggests evaluating employee engagement strategies by examining Gallup’s three employee types. Recognizing the employee’s beliefs, skills, goals and experiences drives his or her performance.

ENGAGED

  • Engaged employees work with passion and feel a
    profound connection to their company
  • They drive innovation and move the organization forward

NOT ENGAGED

  • Employees not engaged are essentially “checked out.”
    They are sleepwalking through their work day
  • They put the time in, but have no energy or passion for
    their work

ACTIVELY DISENGAGED

  • Disengaged employees aren’t just unhappy at work;
    they are busy acting out their unhappiness by undermining
    what their engaged coworkers accomplish
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