What is Employee Engagement? What, Why, and How to Improve It

Employee engagement affects almost every aspect of your organization. Read more to understand this important metric and how to improve it moving forward. 

Employee engagement affects just about every important aspect of your business, including:

  • Profitability
  • Revenue
  • Customer experience
  • Employee turnover
  • Team dynamics
  • ...and much more! 

It’s been shown that employees who feel connected to their organization work harder, stay longer, and motivate others to do the same. Plus, research shows that 92% of business executives believe engaged employees perform better, boosting the success of their teams and the outcomes of their organizations. So, it’s clear that understanding what drives employee engagement is key to success.

There's a lot of information out there about how to improve employee engagement—some credible, some not. Quantum Workplace has been in the business of employee success for more than 20 years. Through our employee engagement research, we keep a constant pulse on what's changing with employee engagement, employee impact, and workplace culture. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll hone in on a clear understanding of what employee engagement is, while making the business case for its value in your company—and then discuss tangible ways you can improve your employee engagement strategy.


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What is employee engagement?

Employee engagement is a key indicator of a healthy and thriving workplace, where employees feel valued, involved, and connected to their roles and the company at large. With over 20 years in the employee engagement space, here’s how we define it...

Employee engagement definition

Employee engagement is the strength of the mental and emotional connection employees feel toward the organization that they work for, their team, and their work. 

It's about how emotionally invested employees are in their work and the organization's goals. Engaged employees typically display a high degree of commitment, are more productive, and contribute positively to the company culture. They're not just working for a paycheck or the next promotion, but are genuinely interested in their work and motivated to contribute to the organization's success. 

When doing research on employee listening, we found that employee engagement hinges on three factor and three corresponding questions:

  1. Work engagement: How connected am I to the work I’m doing?
  2. Team engagement: How connected do I feel to my immediate coworkers?
  3. Organizational engagement: How connected am I to the organization as a whole?


When looking at these three pillars of engagement holistically, you’ll have a better understanding of engagement levels in your organization.


What are the levels of employee engagement?

Employee engagement measures how employees feel about their organization. Based on their perceptions of their workplace, employees are categorized into four main groups:

Highly engaged employees

Highly engaged employees hold very favorable opinions of their place of work. These "brand advocates" speak highly of their company to family and friends. They encourage other employees around them to do their best. When Quantum Workplace worked with Harvard Business Review to survey 984 business executives, 81% of them strongly agreed that highly engaged employees perform better and are more productive than employees with average or low engagement. 

Moderately engaged employees

Moderately engaged employees see their organization in a moderately favorable light. They like their company, but something about the organization, their team, or their job that holds them back from full engagement. These employees are less likely to ask for more responsibilities and may underperform. 

Barely engaged employees

Barely engaged employees feel indifferent toward their place of employment. They usually lack motivation for their position and will only do as much as they can to get by—sometimes less. Barely engaged employees may be researching other jobs and are a high turnover risk.

Disengaged employees

Disengaged employees have a negative opinion of their place of work. They are disconnected from the mission, goals, and future of the organization. They lack commitment to their position and responsibilities. It’s important to understand how to handle disengaged employees so that their negative perceptions don’t impact the productivity of employees around them.


What doesn’t define employee engagement

Employee engagement is often used interchangeably with similar concepts like happiness, satisfaction, or wellbeing––but there are some clear differences among these concepts that are important to understand:

Employee engagement is not employee happiness

Some leaders may wonder how to keep employees happy. While important, happiness is not the same as engagement. It says nothing about how invested employees are in the company, nor how hard they’re working on behalf of the organization’s mission. Happiness is a short-term, rapidly changing measurement. For example, an employee may feel temporary happiness from a raise and then sink back into disengagement. Employee engagement is a deep, long-term connection to the organization.

Employee engagement is not employee satisfaction

Employee satisfaction can only be measured at surface level. An employee who is satisfied may not be engaged. Generally speaking, satisfied employees will not take steps to go above and beyond. They usually stick around, but they aren’t driven to go the extra mile. Engaged employees are productive, while satisfied employees tend to coast through their work and experience.

Employee engagement is not employee wellbeing

Employee wellbeing evaluates many areas of an employee’s life, such as how well they cope with stress or if they’re fulfilling their potential. Providing resources to increase employee wellbeing can increase employee engagement. Employee engagement focuses on an employee’s connection with their company—not on their own wellbeing.


Why is employee engagement important?

Recognizing the importance of their workforce, the most successful companies understand that their people are their greatest asset. Why is employee engagement important? Because when employees are motivated and engaged, it unlocks their potential, increases productivity, and fuels sustainable business growth.

In recent years, there's been a growing emphasis on employee engagement. While the majority of executives acknowledge that engaged employees perform better, only about half report seeing a positive return on investment from their engagement initiatives and just 37% of executives say employee engagement is a high priority for their organization. 

To bridge this gap, it’s crucial for organizations to grasp the core principles of employee engagement. Understanding what drives engagement and how to effectively measure it is essential. This knowledge is key to cultivating a work environment where engagement not only exists but also significantly contributes to the company’s success.


The business case for employee engagement

Talent-minded organizations know that their people are their greatest lever for business success. And 92% of executives believe that engaged employees perform better. This is just one of many employee engagement statistics that prove the value of employee engagement in an organization.




How employee engagement impacts organizational success and performance

When employees are engaged, discretionary effort goes up. Employees want to go above and beyond the basic requirements of their job. When leaders and managers channel that energy and effort in the right direction, employee engagement impacts a host of business outcomes. Win-win.

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Benefits of employee engagement

Let’s understand the above a bit better by diving further into each of the key benefits of employee engagement

  • Increased employee productivity: Research shows engaged employees are 17% more productive than their peers. They’re more likely to work diligently and expend discretionary effort in their jobs.
  • Higher employee retention: Engaged employees don’t have a reason to look elsewhere for work. Engaged employees turn over less often because they know they will be recognized for their contributions, see opportunities for professional growth and career development, and understand when organizational change happens and why. These three pillars enable employees to connect to the present and the future.
  • Increased customer satisfaction: 72% of executives strongly agree that organizations with highly engaged employees have happy customers. Engaged employees care deeply about their jobs, and thus, customers.
  • Lower absenteeism: When employees are committed to your mission, they’re going to show up. Highly engaged workplaces see 41% lower absenteeism.
  • Better employee health: Engaged employees are less likely to be obese, less likely to suffer from chronic disease, more likely to eat healthier, and more likely to exercise. Having healthier employees positively impacts your bottom line because employees remain in better physical health and can show up to work fully present. 
  • Decreased workplace injury: Employees are more aware of their surroundings and can focus on the task at hand. Research has shown that 70% fewer safety incidents occur in highly engaged workplaces.
  • Greater trust in leadership: Engaged employees believe that senior leaders of their organization demonstrate integrity and are doing their best to drive future success. They also feel valued and like their opinions matter to higher ups. 
  • Stronger employer brand: Employees become vocal advocates and recommend your workplace, which is crucially important in an aggressive talent market.


Why employee engagement alone can’t solve all organizational issues

Employee engagement is crucial for a productive workplace, but it's not a standalone solution for all organizational challenges. A comprehensive approach that includes employee experience, performance management, and a solid talent strategy is essential. Here’s why:

  • Employee experience: Employee experience extends beyond engagement, encompassing every interaction from recruitment to exit. It shapes overall satisfaction and, in turn, influences engagement levels. A positive experience can boost engagement, but focusing only on engagement overlooks other crucial aspects of the employee journey.
  • Performance management: Performance management is also critical. A solid performance management approach ensures that employees are not just engaged but also growing and contributing meaningfully. 
  • Talent strategy: A holistic talent strategy aligns workforce capabilities with organizational objectives. It covers talent acquisition, retention, employee development, and planning. While engagement is a component, a broader talent strategy ensures no opportunities are missed, and workforce gaps are addressed.

Overall, while employee engagement is incredibly important, it should be part of a broader strategy.


What are the top drivers of employee engagement?

Employee engagement drivers are items that have a large impact on employee engagement outcomes. They are the items you should take action on when driving employee engagement. All drivers will impact engagement—the key is to identify and act on the drivers that will make the biggest difference in your organization. And implement strategic employee engagement activities that support those drivers.

Here are the top 10 drivers of employee engagement:

  1. My job allows me to utilize my strengths.
  2. I trust our senior leaders to lead the company to future success.
  3. I believe this organization will be successful in the future.
  4. I find my job interesting and challenging.
  5. The senior leaders of this organization value people as their most important resource.
  6. My opinions seem to count at work.
  7. If I contribute to the organization’s success, I know I will be recognized.
  8. I see professional growth and career development opportunities for myself here.
  9. The senior leaders of this organization demonstrate integrity.
  10. I have the information I need to do my job well.


Three key themes emerge from the top employee engagement drivers 

From this list, there are a few key themes that are powerful indicators of employee engagement. They describe what is core to connection and engagement in your workplace.

Theme #1: Motivating work

Employees want their jobs to be challenging. They want to own tasks that use their strengths and have access to opportunities to develop in their roles and career. It’s important for organizational leaders and HR teams to match talent to roles that supply these aspects of an engaging job.

Theme #2: Inspiring teams and leaders

Leadership and team relationships are extremely important for engagement. Employees want to work for leaders and teams that put people first, value employee contributions, and show integrity.

Theme #3: Commitment to organization

Employees want to work for organizations that have a strategy built for success. They want to believe that they can contribute to that success in their role. Individuals want to successfully contribute to winning teams and organizations. 

The top eight trends affecting employee engagement 

It's not only imperative to observe employee engagement trends, but to use that data to design employee success strategies that work for your specific organization. The top employee engagement trends for 2024 include:

1. Magnetic culture: the "big stay" is here

2. Magnetic culture: you can't get by with mediocre culture

3. Employee experience: employees expect post-survey action

4. Employee experience: engagement is key to employee retention and performance

5. Performance & impact: employees want to drive organizational success

6. Performance & impact: managers matter but don't feel supported

7. Emerging intelligence: organizations still aren't ready for AI

8. Emerging intelligence: change isn't the problem - how you manage it is


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Who drives employee engagement?

The truth is, everyone owns employee engagement.

Every person in your organization has an impact on the quality of relationships they build, their approach to teamwork, and general attitudes they bring to the workplace. Here is a breakdown of employee engagement roles.


  • Model desired behaviors 
  • Set vision & strategy
  • Support initiatives
  • Communicate thoughtfully
  • Drive alignment & accountability
  • Choose processes & tools
  • Coach leaders & teams
  • Create a safe space
  • Review, discuss, and act on team engagement results
  • Be accountable for progress
  • Champion organization-wide engagement priorities
  • Practice engagement-driving behaviors
  • Share feedback openly
  • Brainstorm solutions
  • Support team commitments


The role of leadership in employee engagement

Organizational leaders are employee engagement advocates. They are the influential campaigners and top promoters of an engaged culture. Leadership buy-in is critical when it comes to employee engagement. Depend on leaders to:

  • Model good behaviors
  • Cast a vision and strategy for engagement
  • Support and prioritize investment in engagement initiatives
  • Communicate with care


The role of HR in employee engagement

HR teams play a critical role in the organization by aligning leaders, managers, and employees on a path forward with employee engagement. Strategy is turned into action and they own the “how” behind the employee engagement strategy. To do this, it’s crucial that HR professionals:

  • Prioritize alignment and accountability of strategy actions
  • Choose the right implementation tools and processes
  • Support and develop managers and teams


The role of managers in employee engagement

Managers interact with employees more than anyone else. They must create an environment where every individual can thrive and truly be engaged, while also championing the organization’s success. A manager's role in employee engagement includes:

  • Build good relationships with each employee
  • Serve as a trusted sounding board for employee feedback and suggestions
  • Act on team results
  • Drive organizational priorities
  • Help employees develop and grow through engagement-driving behaviors


The role of employees in employee engagement 

When we said everyone had a role to play, we meant all employees. Employees are the organization’s voices on the front lines and your main line of sight into the employee experience. Rely on employees to:

  • Provide honest, candid feedback
  • Brainstorm new and creative solutions that address their concerns
  • Hold up their end of the bargain when it comes to team commitments


Why the majority of employee engagement efforts fall short

Employee engagement initiatives often fail due to three primary reasons:


1. Lack of a credible employee engagement model.

Many organizations struggle with engagement efforts because they don't use a credible or scientifically-backed model to uncover what truly drives engagement. Understanding the deeper meaning behind employee behaviors and sentiments is crucial, and will uncover obstacles and opportunities that are helping or hindering employee success overall. By working off of a model that goes beyond surface-level metrics to unravel the genuine factors influencing employee engagement, you’ll gain deeper insights that will help tailor your organization’s strategies to your unique employee-base.


2. Challenges in taking action on employee feedback.

Another common pitfall is the complexity and difficulty of translating engagement insights into tangible actions. Many companies utilize surveys to uncover what the employee experience looks like at their organization, and find straightforward ways to act on the information. However, just 35% of employees say their organization is effective at post-survey action. If you act on engagement survey results, you’ll build trust with employees and show them that you’re listening––but we understand that this takes actionable insights. Finding a software partner that can uncover those for you through action-oriented surveying is vital. 


3. Not partnering with the right employee engagement software.

A significant aspect of successful engagement efforts is choosing the right software partner. The ideal partner should offer reliable, robust, user-friendly, and collaborative software that makes HR professionals’ lives easier while also providing valuable insights that drive employee engagement and retention.


What is an employee engagement model?

An employee engagement model offers a stable and systematic method to assess and enhance engagement levels. This framework assists in clearly identifying the elements that both promote and impede engagement within an organization. It enables businesses to pinpoint and understand the various factors currently impacting employee engagement.


Why is an employee engagement model important?

A good employee engagement model helps you measure how engaged your employees are, guiding you in understanding, analyzing, and improving engagement. Using a proven, science-backed model means you can focus on what really matters from your employee feedback, separating signals for action from employee feedback noise. This helps you make your workplace better without wasting time or money on initiatives that don’t work.


Employee engagement model examples

A few exemplary employee engagement models from other organizations include:

Aon Hewitt’s Engagement Model 

Aon Hewitt’s model focuses on four key dimensions of engagement:  

  • Say: employees’ willingness to speak positively about the organization 
  • Stay: employees’ intention to remain with the organization 
  • Strive: employees’ willingness to put in extra effort 
  • Share: employees’ inclination to advocate for their company as a great place to work 

Gallup’s Q12 Engagement Model 

Gallup’s Q12 model consists of 12 survey questions that assess different aspects of employee engagement. The questions cover topics such as clear expectations, recognition, development opportunities, and the presence of a best friend at work.  


Deloitte Employee Engagement Model 

Deloitte’s model leverages five engagement-driving elements, including: 

  • Meaningful work: autonomy, select to fit, small & empowered teams, time for slack 
  • Hands-on management: clear & transparent goals, coaching, manager development, modern performance management 
  • Positive work environment: flexibility, humanism, recognition, DEI 
  • Growth opportunity: training & support, mobility, learning culture 
  • Trust in leadership: mission & purpose, investment in people, transparency, inspiration


The Quantum Workplace employee engagement model

Quantum Workplace has helped organizations design, build, and scale employee engagement strategies and surveys by using our e9 employee engagement model. This scientifically-backed model is well-researched and highly effective at helping organizations drive employee engagement using actionable insights.


This model ties back to our pyramid noted in the beginning of this blog that measures: work engagement, organizational engagement, and team engagement.


Employee engagement best practices

In the modern workplace, employee engagement is so much more than a survey. Here are a few employee engagement best practices to help you maximize your efforts. These employee engagement ideas will make all the difference in the employee experience. 


Reaffirm areas of strength.

Yes, there is always room to improve. But don’t be afraid to highlight your strengths as well. Celebrate engagement wins and socialize successes with current and prospective employees. When employees see meaningful action and improvement, they’re more likely to be engaged.


Tie engagement efforts to business outcomes.

You need everyone on board to make your engagement plan a success—and that means proving real impact. Connect your engagement efforts to tangible business results such as turnover rates, sales, customer satisfaction, financial performance, and more. When leaders and employees see the impact of engagement, they’re more likely to be invested in the process.


Make engagement a strategy, not an activity.

If you want to move the needle on engagement, it must be a continuous strategy—not a one-off project you set and forget. When engagement is only addressed every once and awhile, employees don’t feel heard or supported, and managers don’t take it seriously. If you listen to your employee and prioritize engagement throughout the year, you’ll see greater engagement and a better return on the investment of your time, energy, and dollars.


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Measuring employee engagement: How to start

Before you can improve employee engagement, you have to know where you stand. How do you measure employee engagement? One of the most accurate and efficient ways to gain understanding is with employee surveys.


3 approaches to measuring culture and engagement

As you grow understanding of the employee lifecycle, you’ll also want to uncover group and demographic dynamics that are impacting employee engagement. Use the following culture and engagement methods to do just that:

  1. Organization-wide: Use a company-wide engagement survey to establish a baseline. This will give you a 30,000-foot view of strengths and opportunities. You’ll have a benchmark for groups and teams within your organization, as well as future engagement surveys.
  2. Within groups and teams: Once you have organizational data, you can slice and dice it to understand nuances in engagement across teams, groups, and demographics. Identify areas where you need to dig deeper and deploy tactics to help you get that information like employee focus groups and pulse surveys.
  3. Among individuals: Surveys shouldn’t be the only tool in your toolbox for measuring employee engagement. Use one-on-one meetings, feedback, recognition and more to understand engagement at the individual level. Your managers play a critical role in this effort.


Developing a measurement strategy

After having a better understanding of who the survey will reach, you must identify an end goal. Decide on the impact you want the survey to have, and then work backward from there. Ask yourself:

  • Who will be accountable for following up on these results?
  • Who will be acting on these results?
  • What does that action look like?


Tools for effective employee engagement

Engaging your talent is key to employee, team, and business success. Help your leaders focus on what matters, your managers become better coaches, and your employees do their best work with the right employee engagement tools.


What do employee engagement surveys help with?

Employee engagement surveys play a crucial role in understanding and enhancing the workplace environment. Here's how they help:

  • Measuring employee sentiment
  • Identifying strengths and weaknesses
  • Improving communications
  • Facilitating strategic planning
  • Enhancing employee retention
  • Boosting productivity
  • Promoting a positive work environment
  • Benchmarking performance
  • Tailoring development programs
  • Predicting future trends


Why employee engagement survey design matters

The design of an employee engagement survey plays a crucial role in understanding and improving workplace dynamics. A well-designed survey does more than gather data; it provides actionable insights and fosters a culture of continuous improvement. Here are the key elements that make for an effective survey design:

  • Science/Research-Backed Questions: The strength of any survey lies in its questions. Using research-backed questions ensures that each query is purposeful and actionable. This approach helps organizations understand the specific drivers of engagement within their workforce and what steps can be taken to enhance it.
  • Measurement Scale: A standard measurement or agreement scale is a vital tool for improving the quality of survey data. 
  • Integrated, Open-Ended Questions: While structured questions are essential, open-ended questions bring a different dimension to the survey. They allow employees to provide more detailed feedback and share specific examples. This qualitative data can be invaluable in understanding the nuances of employee sentiment and identifying areas for actionable improvement.


3 valuable surveys to administer to measure employee engagement

Employee engagement surveys

A comprehensive employee engagement survey helps leaders understand engagement at the organizational level. These surveys should include questions that are scientifically proven to measure employee engagement.

Pulse surveys

Pulse surveys are designed to help organizations gather real-time feedback on any topic at any time. This is especially important during times of transition—such as acquisitions and mergers, mission or focus changes, and executive or management changes.

Employee lifecycle surveys

Employee lifecycle surveys allow you to collect feedback from employees during key moments in their tenure at your organization. Examples include:

    • New Hire Survey: What do new hires think of your onboarding process? What was their perception at the 30-, 60-, and 180-day marks? What’s their outlook on the future? With the right questions, you can gain the insight that helps you engage new hires now and in the future. 
    • Stay Survey: Why are employees still working at your company? What could drive them to leave? What can be done to prevent it? Questions like these help prevent unwanted talent loss by keeping tenured employees engaged
    • Exit Survey: Why did an employee leave your organization? How did the turnover impact remaining employees? What can you do to prevent others from leaving? The insight you'll gain from exit surveys will help you be more strategic in your engagement initiatives.  


Employee engagement questions you can ask for each audience

When designing employee engagement surveys, it's important to target different levels within the organization. Here's how you can approach each audience:


  • Overall, how satisfied are you with your experience at our company?
  • Do you feel aligned with the company's core values and mission?
  • How likely are you to recommend our company as a great place to work?

Within Groups and Teams

  • How effectively does your team collaborate on projects?
  • Do you feel your team's contributions are valued by the organization?
  • Can you give an example of effective communication within your team?

Among Individuals

  • Do you feel your individual work aligns with the company's goals?
  • How adequately are your skills and talents being utilized in your current role?
  • Can you share an instance where you felt personally valued and recognized for your contributions?
Targeting these specific levels ensures that the surveys capture a comprehensive view of employee engagement across the entire organization.


How to drive high employee survey participation

What to do with your employee engagement survey results

Effectively utilizing survey results is crucial but often challenging due to common barriers. To overcome these, you need straightforward strategies for responding to employee feedback. This means having a plan for communication and action.

Your employee engagement communication strategy helps your organization continually evaluate, discuss, and adjust how you are approaching the employee experience. When you make engagement a topic of ongoing discussion, it becomes a sustainable, business-driving part of your culture.

Action planning shouldn't be overwhelming or limited to HR––it's about fostering a culture of active listening and meaningful response across the organization. Key challenges of action planning include:

  • Limited time, resources, and prioritization
  • Lack of leader and manager buy-in
  • Poor communication.

Address these by scheduling time for analysis, discussion, and planning, ensuring leaders and managers are invested in the process, and maintaining clear communication throughout.

To simplify and take action on your survey results, we encourage you to:

  • Be Brave: Don't get stuck on the scores. Focus on using feedback to progress, not achieving perfection.
  • Make it Human: Remember the people behind the data. Use the information to understand and improve the employee experience.
  • Share the Load: Involve everyone in the organization. Leaders and managers should facilitate team-level discussions and commitments.
  • Do the Next Right Thing: Start with small, manageable improvements. Encourage leaders to focus on one key area for development.
  • Lean on Tools: Utilize tools that simplify collecting feedback, analyzing results, and acting on insights. Your process should be efficient and not overly burdensome for your team.

Remember, the goal is continuous improvement to enhance employee experience and overall engagement.


How to create an employee engagement action plan

Creating an effective employee engagement action plan is a vital step in transforming workplace dynamics. It's where you turn insights into impactful actions. At the core of this plan, you'll identify and discuss the key drivers of engagement within your organization. 

Understanding what motivates and connects your employees to their work allows you to focus on areas that matter most. The next step is to commit to changes that promise the most significant impact. This means selecting strategies that resonate with your team's unique needs and culture. Finally, accountability is crucial. Your action plan should include clear responsibilities and checkpoints to ensure that everyone, from leadership to front-line employees, is actively participating in and accountable for enhancing employee engagement. 

This comprehensive approach ensures your engagement strategies are not just well-intentioned ideas, but catalysts for real, positive change in your organization.


6 steps to create an effective employee engagement action plan

Here are the six steps we recommend to create a solid employee engagement action plan:

1. Review survey results

Once your survey results come in, take some time to dig in. Look for strengths and opportunities for improvement and pay attention to any themes and patterns in the results. Encourage managers to review results with their teams.

2. Choose focus areas

After reviewing the data, decide on 2-3 key focus areas to explore further. Prioritize focus areas based on the level of impact of that driver and how much effort it will take to move the needle.

3. Brainstorm solutions

Next, create focus groups and assign them to each target area for further discussion and brainstorming. Focus groups should discuss the data, identify possible challenges, and brainstorm solutions. Then, translate employee engagement ideas into takeaways.

4. Make commitments

Once you’ve settled on key takeaways and actions, it’s time to build out your action plan. Be sure to include commitments, owners, timelines, and measurable goals. By clearly outlining these areas, you can ensure your plan won’t fall through the cracks.

5. Communicate progress

The work isn’t done once you’ve developed your action plan. As the weeks and months go by, be sure to follow up on progress. You’ll want to keep these commitments top of mind throughout the year in order to drive the most impact.

6. Invest in helpful technology

Having the right software and partner organization will drive your action plan forward by providing actionable insights, real-time data, tools that make your life easier, and more. 


Other valuable tools for promoting employee engagement

When your employees succeed, your business succeeds. Your teams need systems and tools––like great software––that motivate employees to do their best work and empower managers as coaches.



Performance reviews and frequent one on one meetings

Gone are the days of the annual performance review—ongoing performance conversations are here to stay. Use one on one meeting software to facilitate two-way performance conversations, goal updates, weekly check-ins, and more.


Analytics and reports

From measuring employee flight risk, turnover data, performance, and more, to pulling team or individual reports, you need the right information to help you take action. Analytics and reports are crucial for employee engagement––ensure you have the insights you need at your fingertips.


Employee recognition

Your employees want recognition for their contributions. In fact, recognition is consistently a top driver of employee engagement. Unearth great work and share success stories across your organization with employee recognition software.


Employee feedback 

A culture of continuous feedback can accelerate individual, team, and organizational growth. Use two-way employee feedback tools to increase trust, boost performance, and help your managers be better coaches.


Talent reviews 

In order to nurture and develop talent, leaders and managers need clear visibility into the organization’s talent pool so they can make informed decisions on how to keep and develop key talent. Use talent review tools that make this process agile, collaborative, and data driven.



When comparing your employee engagement against like minded organizations, having access to a large database of quality data that helps you understand how you measure up is key. From company demographics to benchmarking tools, ensure your software gives you the right tools to understand how you’re doing.


Manager tools

Strengthening employee and manager relationships can be made easier with the right software. Having something with discussion starters, prompts, scheduling, agendas, and more makes manager’s lives easier while still prioritizing employee wellbeing and growth. 


Choosing the right employee engagement software

We've been hearing "the future of the workplace is digital" for years—and that time is here. 61% of CEOs say their business will be more digital in the future and 50% of HR professionals expect to invest more money in technology this year. To be successful at employee engagement, you need the right employee engagement platform.

Make your employee’s voices heard, uncover helpful data, and arm yourself with the information to make strong decisions by using the following software checklist:

  • Start with the business problem: Make sure you have a solid understanding of the business problem(s) you're trying to solve before you consider investing in employee engagement software. Your tech should align with your key strategic HR objectives—and those objectives should support the goals of your business.
  • Involve the right stakeholders at the right time: Implementing an employee engagement platform is a big change. Make change easier by getting participation and buy-in from the right stakeholders early on in your process. Who is invested in the problem you're trying to solve? Who will play a part in the success or failure of your employee engagement program? Who are your advocates and resistors?
  • Understand time to ROI: Employee engagement software is a big investment of time, finances, and energy. Your leaders will want to see a strong business case, so you'll need to plan for that during your process. Be clear about what you're trying to achieve and tie everything back to meaningful business outcomes.
  • Ensure you have a collaborative success partner: While a software is helpful, the people behind that software who listen to you, hear your feedback, and help you make the most of the tool are key. Prioritize working with an engagement software team that prioritizes you. The right partner will help you uncover the meaning behind your survey data, ensure everyone at your organization can take action on those insights, and partner with you to make those actions come to fruition. 

Now that you know what employee engagement is, why it’s important, and how you can make a difference – it’s time to get to work. If you’re looking for an employee engagement software that can support your strategy, learn about what makes Quantum Workplace stand out from the crowd.

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Published March 2, 2021 | Written By Kristin Ryba