An “engaged employee” is defined as one who is fully absorbed by and enthusiastic about their work and so takes positive action to further the organization’s reputation and interests. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Employee_engagement
As a manager, one of your responsibilities is to make your employees happy and to engage them in what they are doing. Here are some strategies that will help you do just that:
The company’s core values. What about the company’s core values? Do your employees know your company’s core values? If they don’t know the company’s core values, there will be problems. You cannot separate the company’s core values from that of your employees. It won’t work. The company’s core values and the employees’ core values should be same. It is who they are. If you want to build an engaged environment, you must make sure that your company’s and your employees’ core values are the same. As Thomas Aquinas once said, “The things we love tell us who we are.”
Culture. People love to be part of a positive culture. If you want to engage your employees, create a culture where people are free to be who they really are. Create a culture where people are free to speak out without fear of losing their job. Be transparent. When things are going well in the organization, tell your employees. When things are going bad in the organization, do the same (tell them what exactly is going on).
Communication. If you want your employees to be part of your organization, encourage transparency, encourage communication. Employees want to know what is going on inside the organization. If your employees know or find out that you are hoarding valuable information from them, they will not trust you and your organization.
If you want your employees to enjoy their work, encourage communication, create a positive culture, and let them know the company’s core values.