Employee engagement has emerged as a critical concern for businesses across the UK, with only a mere 9% of employees feeling truly engaged in their work. These statistics, while concerning, underscore the urgent need for a fresh perspective on how we approach and enhance engagement in the workplace.

As Sarah Stones, a leading Motivation Specialist, reflects on these figures, she sees an opportunity to infuse workplaces with renewed energy and purpose. “Employee engagement is not just a metric to monitor; it’s a reflection of the overall health and vitality of an organisation,” Sarah explains. “By tapping into the motivational drivers of individuals, we can unlock a wealth of untapped potential and foster a culture of true engagement.”

Here’s how Sarah believes motivation can revolutionise traditional approaches to employee engagement:

  • Motivation as the catalyst for engagement: While traditional approaches often focus on external factors such as pay and benefits, Sarah advocates for a deeper understanding of intrinsic motivation. “When employees feel a sense of purpose and alignment with their work, engagement naturally follows,” she asserts. By aligning tasks with individuals’ core values and aspirations, organisations can create a more fulfilling work environment.
  • Recognising and celebrating individual contributions: One of the key drivers of engagement is recognition for good work. Sarah emphasises the importance of acknowledging and celebrating individual contributions. “Recognition is not just about rewards; it’s about making employees feel seen and valued,” she notes. By incorporating regular recognition into the fabric of the workplace culture, organisations can foster a sense of belonging and appreciation.
  • Empowering employees through development opportunities: Career development plays a crucial role in employee engagement, with 50% of workers citing it as a key driver. Sarah advocates for a proactive approach to empowering employees through growth opportunities. “Investing in professional development not only enhances skills but also demonstrates a commitment to employees’ long-term success,” she remarks.
  • Leveraging technology to enhance engagement: While only 16% of employers currently use technology to monitor engagement levels, Sarah sees immense potential in leveraging technology as a tool for engagement. “Technology can facilitate communication, collaboration, and feedback, fostering a more connected and engaged workforce,” she suggests. By embracing innovative solutions, organisations can adapt to the evolving needs and expectations of employees.  Motivational Maps® are a great example of this as they allow us to not only see what an individual’s personal motivators are but also how well each is being met – enabling us to support people in a way that is right for them.

As Sarah prepares to share her insights at Disrupt HR Cambridge, she is excited about the opportunity to inspire organisations to rethink their approach to employee engagement. “By prioritising motivation and engagement, we can create workplaces where employees thrive, driving innovation, productivity, and success,” she concludes.

Through her thought leadership and expertise, Sarah Stones is leading the charge towards a more engaged and motivated workforce, one organisation at a time.

Reference – https://workvalley.co.uk/employee-engagement-statistics/