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Building a Great Place to Work: Employee Engagement

Overview

When was the last time you felt fully engaged at work? What made the difference between a workplace you dreaded and one that energized you?

There are many definitions of employee engagement, but a few common themes in all of them are that employees:

  • Feel pride in their employer
  • Enjoyment and believe in what what they do
  • Perceive that their employers value them and their work

As a leader, how can you increase your employees’ engagement at work? How do you measure employee engagement? Is employee engagement really that important?

In this video, Dr. Melanie Cohen, IT Strategist with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, interviews Dr. Rhonda Jones of the National Archives and Records Administration about employee engagement, why it’s important, how to measure it and how to increase it in ourselves and our employees.

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Reflection

  • Think about and answer the questions posed at the beginning of the session: When were you last committed and connected to your job and thought your environment was a great place to work? What was taking place at the time? What made you feel this way?
  • Based on your answers to the above questions, what are some ways you can think of increasing employee engagement in your work group?

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