Three psychological factors may promote employee engagement

Researchers at the University of Toronto and the University of Guelph reported that employee engagement is an integral component of managing performance, and that efforts to help workers become more invested in their jobs is key in staff retention.

The team of scientists identified three psychological conditions that may encourage employee engagement.

First, they said that employees who are made to feel that the work they do is valued by the organization are more likely to be engaged in their job.

Next, the researchers noted that safety is important in employee engagement. Workers should feel as though their health or reputation are not at risk as a result of their position. Promoting safety can range from efforts to stave off workplace bullies to improved training aimed at preventing injuries on the job.

Lastly, psychological availability, or the characteristic of having the physical, emotional and mental resources to do a job, is essential to staff dedication.

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