Employee engagement is seen as an internal state of being- physical, mental and emotional- that brings together earlier concepts of work effort, organisation commitment, job satisfaction and flow. In simpler terms, employee engagement is about waking up in the morning and not just going to work for work’s sake but feeling that your organisation is fulfilling its purpose and you are working on a common goal to achieve your business’s objectives.
“When people are financially invested, they want a return. When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute.”
– Simon Sinek
According to a study done by Gallup only 13% of employees are engaged at work. This is very concerning as employee engagement is vital for business success. Having a disengaged workforce carries huge risks and now more than ever, for many people, work is less about money and more about job satisfaction.
“People want to know they matter and they want to be treated as people. That’s the new talent contract.”
– Pamela Stroko, talent management expert
A Watson Wyatt study of 115 companies suggested that a company with highly engaged employees achieves a financial performance four times greater than companies with poor engagement (Watson Wyatt, 2009).
Likewise, further studies into employee engagement shows that highly engaged employees are 87% less likely to leave their organisation than the disengaged4. They are also 78% more motivated to recommend their companies’ products and services and are less likely to take sick days: 2.69 per year compared to 6.19.
With all the statistics displaying the importance of Employee Engagement it is hard to ignore the fact highly engaged staff are vital to every organisation’s success.
Employee engagement plays a huge role in training, it is estimated that 23% of employees leave their jobs due to a lack of development opportunities and 58% of people in work feel ‘trapped’ in their current role due to lack of qualification and skills. Training and engagement go hand in hand and companies that use online learning technology achieve 18% boost in employee engagement. It is clear, ensuring you choose the right online training course is imperative to drive business success.
There are many online training platforms/courses on the market but they are all very different in styles, therefore there are elements employees must look for to ensure the courses have all the fundamentals necessary to meet their employee’s engagement needs. Here are 8 must have tips of what to look for in online training that will improve engagement.
So…why is Gamification important to employee engagement? According to industry experts, using interactive learning games can increase long- term retention by up to 10 times the current retention levels. Gamification improves overall learning experience, it is engaging, entertaining and learners are more likely to stick to it. Still not convinced? Research shows that learners recall just 10% of what they read, 20% of what they hear and 90% if they do the job themselves. There is a need for game based learning, with 80% of learners admitting that their productivity would increase if their University/ organisation was more game-like. Gamification might just be the key to bridging the gap between learning and engagement.
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