When employees turn over quickly, it drains the bottom line. New hires can take up to eight months to be fully productive in their roles. And with teams constantly changing, it’s hard for businesses to fully optimize the combination of skills, team members, and talent that take them to the next level of growth. That’s where employee engagement comes in. 

In 2021, many workforces have gone remote and markets are constantly evolving. Continuous education—which enables employees and organizations to adapt to the unknown—has become central to employee engagement.  

What is employee engagement and why is it important?

Employee engagement at its core is the emotional connection employees have for their work, their team, and their organization. It builds trust, drives action, manages constant change, and helps leadership influence workflow and culture in a way that benefits employees and the company’s bottom line. 

Companies that invest in employee engagement see real benefits. According to Gallup, engaged employees are 21% more profitable. Business units with highly engaged employees see a 41% reduction in absenteeism and a 17% increase in productivity.

To capture these positive effects, companies must seek out ways to engage employees despite remote working arrangements. 

Golden Rule #1: Provide continuous education. 

When you compare companies that lose employees at the two-year mark to companies that hold on to employees longer, one key differentiator is the opportunity for advancement and learning new skills. 

However, enforcing learning on overworked employees can backfire. Sensei On Demand certifications allow employees to upskill and certify at their own pace with microlessons, one-on-one coaching, and a 24/7 community for learners and mentors alike.

Golden Rule #2: Know when to upskill your leaders.

Seventy percent of a work team’s engagement comes down to management. As organizations scale, it’s important to get better at training not only new employees, but new managers. 

Lean Six Sigma certification is the industry-leading set of tools and techniques designed to streamline processes, remove waste, and guarantee operational quality. Sensei On Demand provides this training in one, easy-to-use platform. 

Golden Rule #4: Give your employees community

Community engagement leads to happier employees, and people who are passionate about what they do and where they work make the workplace more attractive to prospective employees. 

With Sensei On Demand, we give learners cross-platform access to a network with not only peers, but experts and Master Black Belts. With a community of learners, employees will be able to benefit from an extended network of learners just like them, get help, and stay engaged. 

Continued education is at the heart of employee engagement in 2021. Work with Sensei On Demand to craft a program that will upskill your workforce and deliver valuable results. 

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