We all know by now that employee engagement is not just a buzz word. We have been advocating employee engagement for some time. But are we really good at it?
Employee Engagement is a description of the culture of the organisation. Some leaders and organisations are just naturals at employee engagement. They are genuinely interested in what their people think and value their employees input. Unfortunately, engagement sometimes doesn’t come so naturally and leaders and businesses have to make a concerted effort to get employees and involved.
A great example of effective employee engagement taken to the nth degree is when employees own shares in their company. Unfortunately, offering shares to your employees to keep them motivated and involved isn’t always available. We have to find ways though to make that connection. But before we get to that, why is employee engagement so crucial?
If you haven’t already read this, a vital information source is the McLeod Report to Government published in 2009. The report finds that successful employee engagement impacts on performance results. The report also found that taking steps to improving employee engagement actually correlated with improved performance.
The research also showed that levels of employee engagement correlated with
- employee turnover
- Number of accidents
- Operating income
- Bottom line results
Finally, the report found that one organisation had shown that those branches with significant increase in levels of employee engagement had a 16 percent higher profit margin than those branches that had shown a decrease in employee engagement.
Whilst an Employee survey is essential, there are many more aspects to great engagement. In summary these are:
- Being clear about expectations both for getting the job done, and the employee experience
- Embedding an easy and enjoyable culture of Wellbeing. Understanding why people don’t attend work and addressing the core problem
- Making sure that your people are at the forefront of any proposals and implementation of change
- Creating a culture of harmony and avoiding unhealthy conflict
- Knowing what it takes to get your people to love your business
People Discovery can help you improve your Employee Engagement by:
- Diagnosing the current culture and making suggestions for change
- Linking your employee engagement strategy with clear defined performance improvements
- Designing and developing an employee survey
- Helping to develop a people centric change control methodology
- Understanding and solving workplace conflict
- Help you to understand how to motivate your workforce.
What do you think? Do you your employees engage? If not why not? If they do engage well; what are the ingredients that make the connection successful? We would love to hear from you.