Engagement is strongly related to higher levels of innovation as employees are able and encouraged to share their ideas and think creatively.  When your employees are engaged, they’re far more likely to deliver above-average performance.  In addition, engaged employees are more likely to stay with the organization, be more productive, customer focused and resilient.

One of the most important aspects of engaged, productive, innovative employees is their work/life balance.  Organizations that recognize that people are happier and healthier when they have balance in their lives, and that actively support this, put their employees in the best positions to be star performers.  An employee will always show appreciation knowing that their employer acknowledges that outside of work they do have lives.

A 2011 study by Gallup’s Jim Harter concluded that the majority of American workers are not engaged in their jobs.  The workforce consists of 29 per cent engaged employee, 55 per cent who are not engaged and 16 per cent who are actively disengaged.  A disengaged employee costs their employer on average 46 per cent of their salaries in lost productivity.

With employee disengagement such a risk to a company’s bottom line and culture, it is vital to determine employee engagement levels. Sean Fitzpatrick President of TalentMap suggests choosing an appropriate employee survey and implementing a sustainable action plan.  Employee surveys are a proven method to provide measurement and achieve higher levels of employee engagement.  If you are unsure of what type of survey is appropriate, what to look for in an employee survey or how to implement an action plan it is recommended that you consult a professional.

How important is it to your company that your employees are innovative, productive and engaged?

Can you challenge your company culture so that an employee can leave each day invigorated, rather than exhausted?

That would be a Best In Class Company.