Workers who feel challenged are more engaged: study (with infographic)

Workers who feel challenged by their jobs are more likely to feel more engaged, leading to increased productivity, according to a new study | Shutterstock

Asking employees to figure out solutions to problems on their own, rather than just telling them what to do, makes them feel more challenged by their jobs, which in turn makes them more engaged, according to the results of a new study.

Many managers feel it is their responsibility to solve problems on their own, according to State of workplace culture, a report by SnackNation, a food-delivery service that said it aims to make workplaces more productive.

“Employee engagement is the extent to which your employees are personally involved in the success of your business,” said the report. “Engaged employees not only work harder and are more productive, but are also more likely to stick with you for the long term.

“Neglecting employee engagement is sort of like throwing away money.”

The good news, according to the study, is that 78.4% of respondents feel engaged at their jobs.

The report recommended allowing team members to set their own goals, as this is more motivating.

As well, showing appreciation increases engagement, as those who feel more appreciated care more about the company’s success and are more willing to work beyond the scope of their role.

“The simple act of recognizing your employees for a job well done goes a long way towards making them feel appreciated,” the report said. “That being said, nailing the right frequency is the key to making sure this strategy remains effective.”

More than half of all those surveyed – 54% – said they receive recognition or praise every couple of months or less, but 36% said they get this feedback once a year or not at all.

Infographic source: SnackNation