Top Proven Drivers Employee Engagement Surveys

Proactive Insights surveys and reports are based on 10 proven employee engagement drivers uncovered from three decades worth of research. These engagement drivers are timeless and universal. When integrated and flawlessly executed, an exponential boost to the power of 10 can occur.

The Top 10 Drivers of Employee Engagement


Clarity of Purpose and Direction

Job expectations and purpose of the organization are clear.


Opinions Matter

Ideas and opinions matter and supported to speak freely. Organization effectively communicates with employees.


Proper Tools and Resources

Proper tools, equipment, materials, and resources to do the job.


Workplace Wellness

Caring organization and work-life balance.


Recognition and Appreciation

Rewarded, recognized, appreciated and fair compensation package.


Work is Fun

Love the job and organization.


Opportunities to Learn and Grow

Constantly learning, growing and developing.


Freedom to Unleash Passion and Creative Potential

Contributing through special talents, skills and passion.


High Trust Environment

Mutual trust and supported to take calculated risks.


Making Progress in One’s Work

Meaningful work and making headway on a day-to-day basis.

What is an Engagement Driver?

Most work experiences are perceived by employees to be within the control of management. Engagement drivers are the deep down feelings and emotions that employees have about their position, management and organization. They correspond to the deeper needs of the individual and contribute to a state of well-being and increased levels of energy and passion that goes into every action.

When leaders manage these drivers and turn them into positive experiences, employees consistently strive to do their best work. Employees are the single most important asset in every organization, and their engagement level speaks volumes about the organizations health. By measuring employee engagement, employers can see how to implement an engagement strategy to address any areas of declined employee engagement.

Managing and improving employee engagement is the key to achieving revenue growth and profitability goals. Identifying the top drivers of Employee Engagement has always been a tough task, but Proactive Insights has taken three decade's worth of research and turned it into online surveys and reports. These universal and timeless drivers, when integrated and executed flawlessly, will give that exponential boost to your business... and we call it...

The Power of 10

1) Clarity of Purpose and Direction. Understanding the vision, mission, road map and direction of the organization is critical. Employees want a clear sense of what their organization stands for and wants to accomplish. Employees want to know their exact roles and responsibilities and the roles of others in the organization. With clarity, everyone will be more willing to pull together for a common cause.

2) Ideas and Opinions Matter. Employees need to be encouraged to speak freely and leaders must effective communication channels in place throughout the organization. Communication is critical. Formalized feedback options include things such as a benchmarking study and using questionnaires, interviews, focus groups, surveys, 360 leadership reviews, town hall meetings, comment boxes.

3) Proper Tools and Resources to perform the job. Your employees need certain things to get the job done – you may not always be aware that they are missing something. The only way to be sure that the proper equipment, materials, tools and potential resources are always available is to create a communication link between staff and management. With everything they need to complete the job at hand, production goes up and so do profits.

4) Workplace Wellness, that includes a caring organization and work-life balance. Research has proven that employee engagement dramatically increases when an organization demonstrates that it is authentically concerned about the wellness and development of its employees. Every organization has to find a balance between operations and the wellness of its staff, if it wants to keep them fully engaged.

5) Recognition and Appreciation. Where employees are recognized, rewarded, appreciated, and enjoy a fair compensation package. Everyone wants a little recognition for their achievements - it is, perhaps, one of the most primal of human needs. Employee recognition reinforces individual and team accomplishments and encourages more of the same behavior. When rewards are matched with employees needs the sky is the limit.

6) Work is Fun and there is a genuine love for the job and organization. People who love their jobs never, ever say that they love it for the paycheck. Employees that say the love their jobs are really saying that they are engaged by their work and gain meaning from it. Workplace fun increases employee morale and creativity while also decreasing absenteeism – perhaps because people hate to miss out on fun.

7) Opportunities to constantly Learn and Grow. Are your organization’s learning, training and career development plans working as expected? Ask your employees what they think is missing, what needs to be clarified for them. Every learning opportunity that you make available to your people should benefit them directly in what they do. You'll only find out what those things are by listening to your people.

8) Freedom to Unleash Passion and Creative Potential by contributing through special talents, skills and passion. Employees want to work with an organization that fully engages their unique talents, that encourages their passion, and that feeds their energy and drive.

9) High-trust Environment where there is mutual trust and support to take calculated risks. Employees have to be trusted to do what is expected of them, to make decisions that are best for the organization based on the guidelines in place. Employees also have to be able to trust management to communicate effectively and with integrity. When a team really clicks and is productive and in harmony, it is clear that they truly trust one another.

10) Making Progress in One's Work through meaningful tasks and making headway on a day-to-day basis. When employees are making progress in their job, a goal and receive support they can more easily overcome obstacles. Research shows over and over that the number one motivation factor for employees isn't money - it is progress.

When these 10 employee engagement drivers are truly part of your organizational DNA – you then have, what we call… EXTRA Leadership. At the end of the day, it’s all about leadership… from the front line supervisor all the way up to the CEO in the penthouse office.

Be the boss that keeps those prize employees by getting to the heart of what makes them tick – what drives their passion and engagement. Everything starts and ends with EXTRA Leadership, it's about going beyond the ordinary and unlocking the amazing potential of every employee.

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