There are well-known signs of employees who may feel disconnected at work. Some examples include:
- Lack of participation in work group
- Concerns about their work environment
- Increased absenteeism
- Surfing their mobile devices for job opportunities
- Limited participation in group activities
- Arriving at work daily feeling “checked out”
- Lack of recognition for their efforts
These concepts are often a challenge for federal agencies to identify, monitor as well as improve. Yet, it takes a forward-leaning and collaborative approach to re-connect with employees. Moreover, an organization’s work environment is one of the key indicators to an employee’s identity. If a workplace environment is toxic or not supportive of employees’ goals, then it will become difficult to rally behind their agency’s mission.
So how does one improve employee engagement? Take time to assess how and what you communicate to employees about the organization, professional development opportunities as well as employee recognition programs to start. Also, encourage your employees to take part in annual workplace employee surveys to share insights about their organizational perceptions. Lastly, create as well as implement an employee engagement action plan that truly is “employee-centric” to create an effective change in the workplace.
Originally posted on GovLoop by Tracey Batacan.