Heart at Work: The Power of Employee Engagement

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By Carla Vdovichenko

March 1, 2024

Ever noticed how some workplaces just seem to radiate positivity and productivity? It’s not luck or coincidence—it’s all about engagement. When you pour your heart into your work, when you truly care about what you’re doing and who you’re doing it with, magic happens. That’s the essence of employee engagement—the special connection between a person and their job, their team, and the vibe of the workplace.

When engagement thrives, everything gets a boost. From attendance records to the bottom line, the positive impact is undeniable. But when it’s lacking, it’s a red flag signaling that it’s time to roll up our sleeves and give it some serious attention.

Let’s talk about the effects of a lackluster engagement vibe:

  1. Productivity: Engaged employees are like the superheroes of productivity—they’re pumped, focused, and ready to tackle any challenge. But when that engagement takes a nosedive, so does the energy, leaving tasks feeling like uphill battles and impacting overall business performance.
  2. Attrition: Disengaged employees often start eyeing the exit sign. This turnover isn’t just inconvenient—it’s not efficient and can disrupt the team dynamic, as well as generate additional recruitment and training costs.
  3. Company Culture: Engaged employees promote a harmonious workplace. Disengaged employees, however, are closer to an apathetic work culture with no place for morale, teamwork and collaboration.
  4. Customer Satisfaction: Engaged employees aren’t just good at their jobs—they’re stellar. They go above and beyond, delivering top-notch service that keeps customers coming back for more. But when engagement dips, so does the quality of service, and customers notice.

Companies that prioritize people care create a positive work environment that leads to better productivity, employee retention, and overall success. Recent Mercer studies show an increase in the relevance of culture work. 42% of respondents say that “how we build culture” is one of the most important aspects of a good employee experience. 68% of organizations see an improved culture as critically important to attract and retain talent and already 60% of HR departments have been tasked with changing their workplace culture.  And according to Gallup, only about 30% to 35% of employees in the US are fully engaged in their work. Imagine the possibilities not just for businesses but also for the lives of employees if we could nudge that number a bit higher!

Our Approach to Engagement at Arionkoder

Here at Arionkoder, we know we live in a highly competitive tech industry. We’re a tribe of innovators, dreamers, and believers in the power of people who have decided to carve out a different path—one that’s all about putting our team front and center.

We believe in a people-centered strategy where everyone’s voice matters. Especially in the world of remote work, where miles separate us but our goals unite us, creating a space where every voice is heard is non-negotiable, prioritizing the well-being, growth, and development of our team members

So, how do we keep the engagement fire burning bright? It’s all about listening. Our internal network of stakeholders, from department heads to our people care team, is dedicated to this. Our Listening Strategy relies on one-on-one chats, surveys, and feedback channels to ensure we’re not just hearing—we’re actively listening, using every nugget of qualitative and quantitative insight to fuel positive change, preventing or resolving disengagement issues. 

And the result? A team that feels valued, heard, and empowered to do their best work. Because at the end of the day, it’s not just about the bottom line—it’s about crafting a future where every voice matters, every idea counts, and every person thrives.

Join us as we pave the way to a people-centered, brighter, more engaged tomorrow. Drop us a line at people@arionkoder.com and let’s make it happen!

Sources: Mercer, SHRM, Gallup