by Sharon Gazda
It's logical to think that an engaged employee is a productive employee. But did you know that the ability to engage employees goes beyond just job satisfaction? It's a competitive strategy. As MGM Hospitality President and CEO Gamal Aziz recently told "Business Week": "Imagine taking 10,000 employees, and each and every one of them wanting to give more. That's really the difference between [us and] a company that has its employees just punching the clock and trying to get through the day."
Research proves it. Engaged employees are more satisfied, more productive, and less likely to leave. There are benefits for the organization in the marketplace as well. Gallup reports that engaged organizations have 3.9 times the growth rate of those with lower engagement within the same industry.
So what is the number one determining factor of employee engagement? The level of connection an employee has with his or her leader. It's pretty simple: the stronger the connection, the higher the level of engagement. The ENGAGE Card System a great way for managers to build those relationships and gain a competitive advantage. This is a new research-based training tool that offers an interactive, step-by-step framework which encourages the conversations that lead to employee engagement.