Essay on Employee Engagement

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Wiley (2012:2) identifies employee engagement as: 'The extent to which employees are motivated to contribute to organisational success, and are willing to apply discretionary effort to accomplishing tasks important to the achievement of organisational goals'. In contrast to this Swarnalatha and Prasanna (2013:52) claim that: 'Employee Engagement is a measurable degree of an employee's positive or negative emotional attachment to their job, colleagues and organisation that profoundly influences their willingness to learn and perform is at work'. This description opposes that engagement is distinctively diverse from employee motivation, organisational culture and employee
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Findings from the Chartered Management Institute in 2007 shows that 59% of engaged employees admit that being engaged can bring out an employee's creative ideas for the company. Consequently the interest for engagement arises for the employers as, fostering new innovation cannot be done without engaging employees.
Thirdly there is an interest in employee engagement as employers want to retain their staff. Therefore adopting engagement is important to a company, especially as engagement can have an affect on a employees absence, turnover and attitudes. Baumruk (2006) found that companies that have a higher engagement in the organisation are more likely to have lower employee turnover, better financial performance and higher productivity. Additionally highly engaging organisational culture can have a good appearance on employer brand, particularly when there is competitive pressure in the increasing global market, it is vital to attract and retain employees with the best talent to the organisation (Martin and Hetrick, 2006). In contrast to this Pech and Slade (2006) claim that 20% of employees are disengaged at work in the UK and these employees have mentally quit, however still continue working for the same company. Even though there are still so many disengaged employees at work, only 52% of employers actually take action to prevent

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