How to Measure Employee Engagement in the Workplace?

Morgane Lança
December 28 2021

Employee engagement is one of the main keys to organizational success. It has a direct impact on workforce productivity, business performance and retention rates. Satisfied employees are essential strategically speaking, and it is therefore crucial to know the ins and outs of employee engagement.

To establish effective employee engagement strategies, you have to know how to clearly measure this indicator. Don’t look any further: we explore all the ways you can measure employee engagement levels in this article!

Definition and Benefits of Employee Engagement

Employee engagement consists in motivation to work and productivity. It is characterized by a desire to take on challenges and progress daily, but also by efficiency at work and a good team dynamic.

Employee happiness also includes job satisfaction and employee wellbeing. Your teams’ level of satisfaction will often depend on the work climate, managerial and organizational flexibility, professional development, the recognition they receive, the benefits they get, company core values and meaningful relationships with coworkers or managers… All of these elements contribute to employee wellbeing and increase their sense of belonging.

These two aspects of engagement more than often depend on one another. Engaged employees will work better and stay with you longer, improving both your productivity and your retention rate. Therefore, having engaged employees is essential to achieve success, and you need to make sure you maintain employee morale and motivation daily

Before building a strategy to optimize levels of employee engagement, you need to know how to clearly measure this key indicator.

Analytical Measuring of Employee Engagement

Performance Management

If you want to implement a strategic measure of employee engagement, it is first necessary to evaluate workers’ performance regularly. Performance reviews must be reevaluated and modernized to effectively support both your engagement strategies and your employees’ professional development.

By evaluating individual employee productivity, you will also be able to assess their motivation and target your engagement plans by employee, team or department.

Key Engagement Indicators

Specific indicators can be used to measure levels of engagement and quickly pinpoint your gaps and HR reporting and analytics software can simplify this process. These KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) allow you to identify demotivated employees and which factors to work on to solve these issues.

Examples of key engagement indicators are as follows:

  • Turnover rate: The turnover rate is the number of employees who have left the company over a period of time. If your employee turnover is high, it’s time to think about establishing engagement strategies to avoid the cost of new hires and the loss of talent in your organization.
  • Absenteeism rate: If some employees have a high absenteeism rate, it is most likely due to a loss of motivation or unhappiness at work. Absence indicators support your analysis by employee and by department, and help you easily visualize the absence reasons to establish a targeted and effective business plan.
  • Retention rate: The retention rate corresponds to the number of employees who remain at their position over a given period. In times of labor shortages, it is essential to keep experienced employees. By working to improve your retention rate, you will ensure your company’s success and high employee engagement!

Survey Your Employees

Employee surveys provide clear statistics on engagement, by department and by team, to help you target your engagement strategies. Plus, they’re great for keeping remote employees motivated!


Ongoing Engagement Survey

Ongoing engagement surveys or pulse surveys have a short format and are sent frequently to employees throughout the year to measure their day-to-day engagement. It’s up to you to choose the frequency: quarterly, monthly or even weekly! 

These surveys encourage responses that are useful for your analysis and allow employees to suggest new ideas for improvement that they would like to see implemented. 

These pulse surveys are your best allies in measuring your workforce’s engagement levels in ‘real time’.

Annual Engagement Survey

Annual engagement surveys – also called organizational diagnosis – are more comprehensive than ongoing surveys, and they provide a year-long retrospective of employee satisfaction. The answers you get help you set up your engagement strategies for the coming year by taking into account the wishes of your teams. In addition, by cross-referencing the information obtained from the annual engagement surveys with the data from the frequent surveys, you can clearly determine if our action plans were effective throughout the year!

Engagement surveys are therefore strong drivers of employee engagement and encourage the continuous improvement of management practices. They represent an effective means of measuring employee engagement while ensuring that strong mobilization is maintained

Folks Surveys helps you implement engagement surveys at your chosen frequency while adapting to the reality of your remote workforce. Furthermore, we ensure data confidentiality throughout the whole process! 


Pssst… We offer a free employee engagement survey. What are you waiting for?

Measuring employee engagement continuously is a key strategic asset in these times of labour shortages and evolving employee demands.

With effective and modern performance management software, the use of the right metrics and the implementation of engagement surveys, you will be ready to build the best action plan to ensure that you work with happy employees, while increasing your retention rate.

Folks HR offers all these solutions and more! Our team is available to answer your questions about employee engagement in the workplace.

Improve your mobilization strategies and boost your engagement levels with Folks Surveys!

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