Employee engagement remains a hot topic in the world of human resources, but what exactly does it mean? According to Business Dictionary, employee engagement is the measure by which an employee enjoys and feels connected to his or her job. Is s/he performing well? Showing up to work every day? Providing positive feedback? Engaged employees are typically more successful and productive in their roles when compared with unengaged employees, who will often display indifference and a lack of effort while at the office.
Unfortunately, general engagement levels across the U.S. are somewhat low. Despite reaching a historic high in March 2016, a Gallup poll found that American engagement at work sits at around 34 percent. Additionally, engagement levels tend to drop off during the summer months, right as the barbecues get fired up and everyone breaks out the suntan lotion and vacation schedules.
Employers needn't despair, however. There are a number of ways to keep employee engagement up throughout the dog days. If you're a manager or HR professional, check out the guide below.