Overview: Part of an employer's HR strategy might be keeping current employees engaged in their work so as to avoid high job turnover. Employee engagement proves indispensable to any organization that values creativity, productivity and growth. Companies with engaged employees tend to show more strength and increased profits than those with disengaged employees.
Employee engagement drives employee development, which in turn drives organizational growth. Many leading corporations have engaged their employees in a much more open dialogue regarding business goals and objectives. Such open discussions lead employees to become more invested in the workplace culture, and to appreciate how their responsibilities and duties foster the organization's growth and development.
Trends: While some managers persist in implementing stratified, controlled organizational philosophies, many supervisors have embraced open door policies. In addition, some corporations have ceded supervisory control over the assignment of a portion of their employees' tasks. For example, in some organizations, employees may have up to 20 percent of their working time to devote to any projects in which they have an interest, as long as 80 percent of their working time remains devoted to corporate assignments.
Author: Marta Moakley, JD, Legal Editor
This podcast features a conversation with a leading employee performance thought leader, David Lee, about the need for managers to do a better job of understanding what motivates people. Too often, Lee says that employees are taught not to care.
This section of the XpertHR Best Practice Manual explains the benefits of implementing an employee recognition program and guides employers on how to design a day-to-day, informal or formal program and process.
New resources address the process of implementing an employee recognition program in an organization.
Employers seeking to advise employees that they will match donations provided to charitable organizations and activities should consider including this model policy statement in their handbook.
An employer may use this policy to inform employees whether, how and under what circumstances an employer will contribute to charities. Giving campaigns can be part of a branding or marketing effort and further or broaden the organization's existing goals, as well as have a positive impact on employee relations, morale, and the community.
An employer may use this policy to educate employees and supervisors on disclosing concerns over workplace conditions. Such issues include safety, employee relations, sexual harassment, discrimination, unlawful or wasteful practices or other behaviors that could undermine the employer's goals.
This How To should assist an employer in fostering employee motivation in its organization.
An employer may use this survey form to determine employee priorities and preferences and to involve employees in the planning stage of a Total Rewards strategy. Involving employees in the formation of a Total Rewards strategy results in greater feelings of employee ownership of and identification with the strategy.
An employer may use this form to determine the degree to which the employer enables its workforce to be productive, enthused and focused on making a difference. The Employee Engagement Survey is designed to help HR and senior management understand perceptions of the employer's work environment and the extent to which employees are engaged with and committed to the environment.