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Emplify’s unique software + humans approach helps leaders, managers, and individual contributors engage and perform to their full potential.

Employee Engagement Resources

employee engagement versus satisfaction

Employee Engagement vs. Employee Satisfaction


2020 Employee Engagement Trends Report


Employee Engagement Best Practices Quiz

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Get truth you can act on.

Emplify administers confidential, psychometrically-valid questionnaires to measure employee engagement in your organization. Our quantitative survey will only take your employees about 6 minutes to complete, and we handle the administration, delivery, and data analysis.

We repeat this process every 90 days — so you can see the impact of your actions and can adjust accordingly each quarter.


Measure what matters.

While other solutions only look at employee satisfaction, Emplify gives you insight into true employee engagement. We do this by measuring the presence of 17 underlying drivers of engagement, such as purpose, autonomy, role clarity and utilization.

The ability to quantify these drivers helps you better understand strengths and weaknesses in your organization so you can prioritize initiatives.

Hear from our customers

“With the help of Emplify, we’re making decisions that not only make work better for our people, but have a real, measurable business impact. The work we’ve done on employee engagement has led to a 50% decrease in turnover.”

Kira Childers , Employee Engagement and Systems Manager, Ontario Systems
Kira Childers
Employee Engagement and Systems Manager, Ontario Systems

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“We have improved employee engagement and performance companywide. Productivity rose to 90% in 2019 (the highest in company history) and our billable revenue has increased by $2 million since we started working with Emplify.”

Nan Haver , President & CEO, Service Access Management, Inc.
Nan Haver
President & CEO, Service Access Management, Inc.

“I spent an extensive amount of time researching engagement measurement solutions and ultimately went with Emplify because of their coaching. I’ve been thrilled with the results so far. The insights have been valuable and the coaching has been world-class!”

Sue Joyce , VP of Employee Success, Terminus
Sue Joyce
VP of Employee Success, Terminus

Employee Engagement

What is employee engagement?

Employee engagement definition

At Emplify, we define employee engagement as an employee’s emotional and intellectual connection with an employer, demonstrated by motivation and commitment to positively impacting the company vision and goals. For employers, the employee engagement definition is concerned with using new measures and initiatives to increase the positive emotional attachment felt and therefore productivity and overall business success.

When employees are engaged and committed to the vision and mission of the company, a subsequent path to value ensues. That’s a far cry from employees who are merely happy with their employers and satisfied with the work they do. An employee can be satisfied with a job that meets his or her basic needs and still feel no inspiration whatsoever.

And that’s a big deal. The more an employee is driven by passion and purpose, the more profound the bottom-line impacts will be for the business at large.

Benefits of employee engagement

There are many benefits of employee engagement, including lower turnover, increased productivity, and better company culture. Oh yeah, and higher profits: Willis Towers Watson reports that companies with high and sustainable levels of engagement have operating margins up to three times higher than companies with low or unsustainable levels of engagement.

Another study found that companies with the highest levels of employee engagement were 22% more profitable and 21% more productive than those with low levels of engagement. Another analysis found that organizations with engaged employees outperform those without by 202%.

Focusing on employee engagement can help you decrease turnover significantly. And turnover is a serious business problem to solve. Our research finds that nearly 73% of employees are currently open to new career opportunities and 33% are actively looking for new jobs. That’s a lot of people who might otherwise be a loyal employee if employee engagement strategies were in place.

Engaged employees are more productive employees too. Employee productivity is a metric that calculated based on the output on a project versus the amount of time it takes to complete. It can also be benchmarked against a group of workers doing similar work. We know employee engagement has a direct impact on employee productivity and thus, your bottom line.

Better retention, higher productivity, and a killer employee experience — the benefits of employee engagement are endless.

Improving employee engagement

The biggest question we often get from people leaders is how to improve employee engagement. But the answer isn’t a simple one. Improving employee engagement doesn’t happen overnight and there’s no magic bullet. Anyone promising you a technology or solution that’s a “quick fix” for employee engagement issues is selling you a bill of goods.

Improving employee engagement takes great insights and effective effort. It also requires guidance from an experienced expert, who understands your pain points and can work alongside you to find solutions that make an impact.

“With today’s increased competition for top-notch talent, and the huge costs to retrain new staff, engagement becomes more important than ever,” says author, public speaker and serial entrepreneur Gabe Zichermann in an article for CIO about improving employee engagement. “When engagement is low things can get off track really quick and it can spread like wildfire,” Zicherman adds. “Best practices are usually the process that falls apart when engagement is low, though best practices are what produce ideal outcomes.”

Employee engagement survey

You can’t improve what you don’t measure. So while employee engagement surveys alone won’t get you results, they are the first step in getting actionable employee feedback. When launching any kind of survey initiative, the most important thing leaders can do is deliver on promises and take meaningful action. This requires all-hands-on-deck in the organization, from executive leaders to mid-level managers. Buy-in from the team and a plan for operationalizing feedback creates a path to real business results.

Mid-level people managers are critical to employee engagement strategies. The more involved and enabled managers are, the better the chances of truly improving employee engagement. Enabling managers with actionable employee engagement data for their teams — based on insights from a statistically-valid employee engagement survey — can help them make more informed decisions to drive a highly-engaged, more productive team.

(Tip: Don’t try to write your own employee engagement survey questions. Work with a third-party vendor who can administer a reliable and valid employee engagement survey.)

Employee engagement software

According to CMSwire, the employee engagement software market comes in many different forms and names. At Emplify, we know there’s more to employee engagement than software alone. We believe the real work starts after the employee survey. That being said, a powerful and psychometrically-valid employee engagement survey is at the core of employee engagement software solutions.

We don’t hand people leaders some data and send them on their way. We pair our customers with an employee engagement strategist — a trusted advisor to guide them along their employee engagement improvement journey. Our solution combines employee engagement surveys with expert humans, to give you the insights you need along with a trusted advisor to help you take meaningful action.

Executives and HR leaders across the country are reducing turnover and building more engaged cultures with Emplify. Our customers find such great value in our solution that we have a 4.7/5 rating on G2 for the employee engagement software category. One reviewer said, “Emplify is far more than a well-researched engagement survey. The survey is exceptionally well done, but what’s even more outstanding is the coaching and feedback they provide at every step of the process. Their expert advisers are invaluable!”

Employee engagement strategies

An effective employee engagement strategy is unique to each organization. It starts with a reliable employee engagement survey software that allows HR leaders to pinpoint challenges, successes, and needs in the organization. From there, humans taking meaningful action is what drives employee engagement.

A solid strategy is based on employee engagement best practices. (We have a quiz that can help you determine how strong your strategy is in relation to the 6 employee engagement best practices.) No two employee engagement strategies will be exactly alike, as employees and their companies are unique. But using best practices can help you build a solid framework for your strategy.

Improving employee engagement is a team effort. Effective employee engagement strategies require buy-in from the CEO to the HR team to individual contributors. Employee engagement needs a person or team that truly owns it, and is responsible for aligning the team and executing on the strategy.

Employee engagement articles

Want to learn even more about employee engagement? Here are links to some helpful employee engagement articles and videos:

Employee engagement ideas

Employee engagement theory

Employee engagement questions

Employee engagement statistics

Employee engagement activities

Ready to start seeing the benefits of employee engagement in your own organization? Learn more about employee engagement with Emplify.