The employee experience is the overall journey that your employees have with your company, from their first day on the job to their last. It encompasses everything they do, see, and feel while they're working for you.
Employee engagement, on the other hand, is a measure of how connected and invested employees are in their work and workplace. It's about how engaged they are with their jobs and whether they feel like they're doing meaningful work that aligns with their personal values.
While the two concepts are closely related, they're not the same thing. The employee experience is the bigger picture; employee engagement is just one piece of it. And while employee engagement is important, it's not the only factor that contributes to a positive employee experience. Other factors, like company culture and leadership, also play a role.
There's a growing body of research that shows how diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives can improve employee engagement. A recent study by Glassdoor found that 76% of employees
say that a diverse workforce is an important factor when considering whether to accept a job offer. And once they're on the job, employees who work in diverse teams are more engaged than those who don't.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are important for many reasons, but one of the most important is that they make employees feel like they belong. When employees feel like they belong, they're more likely to be engaged with their work. They're also more likely to stay with your company longer and be more productive while they're there.
So if you're looking for ways to improve employee engagement, addressing DEI is a good place to start. By creating a more diverse and inclusive workplace, you can make all your employees feel like they belong—and that's good for business.