3 Ways to Drive Employee Engagement

Did you know that only 15% of employees worldwide are engaged in their work, despite most organisations worldwide investing billions in employee engagement tools?

This is according to the Gallup State of the Global Workplace report, and other market research that confirms a general poor employee engagement in the workplace.

In this blog, we are looking at what we view as the three Fs of great employee engagement: fulfilment, flexibility and focus.


A new study shows that employee engagement is largely driven by psychological benefits such as emotional well-being, social fit and cultural identity. Employers need to foster their employees’ self-esteem and sense of belonging in the company.

Fulfilment, empathy and social identity should not be overlooked, according to a PwC report. The key to employee engagement is the psychological fulfilment derived from human connections and meaningful work opportunities.

When employers identify these key psychological benefits, they can work towards including them in engagement programs, strategic briefs, and teambuilding sessions.


Gone are the days when compensation packages, salary raises and benefits inspired employees to do their best work. Employers need to consider a different approach to emphasise the work-life balance aspect in the modern workplace.

Flexible work arrangements balance employees’ life and working needs, allowing them to be more productive in their environment of choice, cope better with emotional and mental health, improve their relationships, and allocate time for health and holistic wellness.


Employees desire positive experiences at work that include the ability to learn from others, share knowledge, voice their opinion, progress toward a specific goal and grow in their chosen career. Meeting these desirables leads to higher engagement.

A focus on employee development and personal growth initiatives can significantly boost engagement and staff retention. Development programs, such as holistic wellness and continuous learning experiences that pay attention to individual needs, can drive a more connected and positive workplace experience.

Professional Sourcing is a top-tier South African-based recruitment agency operating internationally, IPM accredited, LEVEL 2 BEE RATED and 51% Black Owned.

Our agency specialises in professional placements (senior and specialist talent) and exclusive skills recruitment to a wide range of industries, including JSE’s top 100 companies, SMEs and the Public Sector. -- Patricia Jacobs

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