The Importance of Employee Engagements and Company Clubs
September 24, 2021
Many people see employee engagement and clubs are seen as bonuses or buzzwords companies use to attract talent. In actuality, these two go hand in hand with social interaction in the workplace, which directly affects how employees behave and perform in the workplace. Boosting employee engagement through different activities including clubs will positively impact the workplace. You’ll see that people are more committed to their work, more focused, have better retention rates, etc.
What is Employee Engagement?
Employee engagement for employees is the extent to which they feel passionate about their jobs, are committed to the organization, and put discretionary effort into their work. This is somewhat related to satisfaction in the workplace, but the biggest difference being that engagement directly affects performance while keeping employees satisfied just keeps them around.
Employee engagement for employers is slightly different. For employers or anyone on the internal team, meaning all aspects of the human resources department, engagement is building relationships with all of the staff through various means. These means could be in the form of at-work activities such as team-building exercises, corporate retreats, and even clubs.
Why is Employee Engagement Important?
The impact of employee engagement can be felt across the entire organization, for both employers and employees. For starters, companies with higher employee engagement rates also boast higher retention levels. This is due to engaged employees being able to see how they fit into the company and the importance of the role they play. Essentially they have a clear view of their position in the company and the options available to them.
Purpose is what drives people to do better at their jobs, while money may be a factor in these things, being unsure of your place or purpose in a company will lead to a decline in performance. One form of engaging with employees is having their managers acknowledge them. Even just having casual conversations once in a while goes a long way, as it lets employees feel seen.
Speaking of feeling seen, feeling as though you are a part of something bigger than yourself, with a purpose is another reason engagement is important. Proper engagement instills this feeling in everyone at a company. Being able to see the difference you’re making and knowing you are contributing to a larger effort makes you want to put effort into your work.
Small notions that show that the company cares for its people go a long way. From small chats between internal employees to full-on events hosted by the company, all interactions help strengthen working relationships. Employees are more inclined to tell their friends about a company that genuinely cares about its people and refer them for a position when they feel secure with that company. There is an added benefit that good company culture and high employee engagement naturally attract new talent. Coupled with the high retention rates you will see, your company will grow organically.
How Clubs Help Boost Employee Engagement
In addition to boosting the number of interactions employees have with their coworkers, clubs allow for a healthy work-life balance. As company-hosted clubs will be up to date on the activities for the clubs (as they’re the ones financing them), there will be a very clear line of when it’s time to work. HR-managed clubs will also result in much higher interaction rates between HR and all staff. Bonds will form naturally and the gap between internal employees and all other staff will be bridged naturally.
Clubs allow natural social interaction and communication to happen within a company. This means that managers and supervisors can communicate with their employees as equals. This is important as socializing and making friends at work isn’t as easy as it was in school. The normal barriers between HR employees and staff aren’t there, and it gives introverts a chance to interact socially. Having common ground and being able to talk in-depth about a subject while skipping small talk might get the more introverted employees to participate in group activities.
Piecing it all together, employee engagement helps both employees and employers. It allows employees to see their purpose and worth in a company, which translates into benefits for the employers. These benefits include better performance and higher retention rates, with a higher chance that current employees will refer a colleague for any open positions that may arise. Company-hosted clubs help promote employee engagement by giving employees a platform where they can interact and ensure that they have an activity they can do outside of work (more of a work-life balance thing).