The Powerful Relationship of Engagement to Performance

Thirteenth-century Persian poet and Sunni mystic, Rumi, once ruminated, “Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.” Unlocking the heart’s desire is at the very core of employee engagement. But engagement isn’t just a warmhearted, convivial sort of thing. Engagement is part of a dynamic duo synergy that fuels performance and vice versa.

  • It’s the passion for a sport that burns in the bellies of medal winning Olympians, and the coaches, family members, friends, and peers who support those dreams.
  • It’s that driven, 110% dedication demonstrated by rigorous training schedules and the desire to achieve more
  • It’s a compendium of tools that inspire athletes to move faster, go farther - better their best performance.
engagement to performance

As levels of engagement rise, so goes performance. Bodies of scientific evidence illustrate how higher levels of employee engagement are a predictor of higher levels of organizational performance.

A report by Harvard Business Review Analytic Service: “The Impact of Employee Engagement on Performance”, consulted 568 predominantly senior-level executives from organizations with 500 or more employees (42% from organizations of 10,000+). The global survey found employee engagement as a top-three business priority with 71% of respondents ranking employee engagement as very important to achieving overall organizational success.  It’s about “giving people the tools they need to succeed in their careers, which in turn drives the outcomes that we’re seeking in the marketplace” explained a global consumer goods company VP of talent management. “When you look at it through that lens, when people have the tools they need to succeed, feel good about their personal growth opportunities, and receive the appropriate rewards and recognition for their contributions, it’s a win-win proposition.” ¹


Engagement Matters

The win-win relevance of engagement to performance extends to an organization’s complete stakeholder constituent. Current and prospective employees are but one part of the equation. Imagine what an insufferably grumpy slow-to-respond accounts payable person conveys to suppliers about the culture of an organization and the value that organization places on its vendors? Consider the impact on customer relationship management and overall client satisfaction when an organization is continually dealing with a revolving door of disenfranchised employees.

Steve Jobs may have summed it up best “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” Creating that kind of great work and workplace is the sign of a highly-engaged organization invested in the security and growth of its people and its profits.

Interested in learning more about actions you can take in your organization?

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Helping Management Better Connect with Employees: The Importance of Connecting with People

By Norm Baillie-David | October 9, 2018

Webinar | Join the growing conversation around the importance of building an engaging management team that connects with your employees.

Building Healthy Workplaces: How to Create an Effective Mental Health Strategy

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Webinar | For Mental Illness Awareness Week, CAMH joined TalentMap to discuss what HR leaders should consider when building a workplace mental health strategy.

What Effective Employee Engagement Looks Like in Local Governments

By Natalie Verania | July 25, 2018

Webinar | Absenteeism and general disengagement have long been associated with civil servants. Studies suggest they can be attributed to a litany of factors. Watch the webinar to learn more.

How to Recruit, Engage, and Retain the Right Talent with Employer Branding

By Natalie Verania | July 11, 2018

Webinar | How do you pique the interest of amazing candidates – the type of talent you want to attract? Watch the webinar to learn how employer branding feeds recruitment, engagement, and retention.

How Employee Engagement Can Reduce Presenteeism and Absenteeism

By Norm Baillie-David | June 13, 2018

Webinar | Loss of workplace productivity results from employee health problems and/or personal issues like family illness or stress. Learn how to reduce presenteeism and absenteeism during TalentMap’s webinar.

Employee Recognition: How to Promote Praise and Influence Engagement in the Workplace

By Norm Baillie-David | May 11, 2018

Webinar | A well-executed employee recognition program is one piece of the foundation that creates long-lasting, sustainable engagement within organizations. TalentMap joins forces with Kudos to discuss recognition strategies and tools to boost engagement.

Handling Verbatim Comments in Your Engagement Survey: How to Walk the Tightrope Between Insight and Confidentiality

By Norm Baillie-David | May 4, 2018

Webinar | Open-ended survey questions give organizations a deeper glimpse at how employees think. These verbatim comments are a goldmine of information. But how can confidentiality be assured?

Redefining Professional Growth in a Re-Imagined Work World

By Norm Baillie-David | March 27, 2018

Webinar | TalentMap’s Senior Consultant, David Ang, discusses what professional growth means to today’s employees who have vastly different work expectations due to technology advances and market demands.

Employee Engagement in Higher Education: A Tough Lesson to Learn

By Norm Baillie-David | March 22, 2018

Webinar | Higher education institutions have above average employee engagement challenges — even more so with safety considerations around gun violence and the #MeToo campaign. Watch the webinar recording to learn more about the state of employee engagement in higher education.

Job Purposing and Employee Engagement: Crafting Meaningful Work for Employees

By Norm Baillie-David | February 12, 2018

Webinar | Norm Baillie-David, SVP at TalentMap and Bea Boccalandro, President at VeraWorks, discuss how job purposing can heighten employee engagement, performance, and wellbeing.

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