3 Ways Teamwork Can Improve Your Employee Engagement and Overall Employee Experience
Employee engagement is a trending topic of interest within companies as more and more begin to realize the potential benefits to their competitive advantage in the market as well as overall employee productivity.
An engaged employee is one who has a positive, driven state of mind willing to put in the extra work required to benefit their company and perform to their highest ability. An employee with this mindset is emotionally invested in their workload which is accompanied by a sense of pride towards his or her work. These characteristics in an employee also embody the characteristics of a hardworking team of employees, dedicated and absorbed in their work as a whole, feeding off each other to produce a higher quality of work. (Torrente, et al., 2013)
Promoting teamwork can help improve your overall team engagement leading to higher overall employee engagement and potentially higher employee performance.
Here’s why teamwork is so essential to promoting your employees’ engagement levels.
The sense of support from fellow co-workers and the perception of a team that one can depend on leads to a higher commitment to the company. A study done in 2013 found a positive correlation between employee relationships and commitment to the company they worked for. They also found that quality of supervisor-subordinate relationships, teamwork, and wellbeing most heavily influenced employee commitment, showing that a focus on company relationships is a very strong contributor to overall employee engagement. (Brunetto, et al., 2013)
Research shows a positive team climate created by management leads to more motivated and engaged employees. Simon L. Albrecht, psychology professor at Deakin University in Australia conducted a study showing positive correlation between team climate and engagement. His results showed that companies that promote open and supportive team cultures will have a higher prevalence of motivated and thoroughly engaged employees.
Teamwork accompanied with the higher employee engagement it promotes can lead to an overall higher employee performance. An employee’s perception of their workplace environment and the team that operates within it is what affects engagement. These perceptions and engagement have also been shown to be linked to the employees overall performance. Thus creating a workplace environment and promoting strong teamwork can lead to better employee job performance. (Anitha, 2014)
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