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Above and Beyond, or the Bare Minimum? Recognize and Manage Employee Engagement at Every Level

Posted by HRdownloads on Sep 12, 2019 2:30:00 PM

Many organizations place a high priority on employee engagement, but how many can say their workforce is fully engaged? To know whether your employees are engaged, it’s important to understand what engagement means. You can interpret employee engagement in many ways, which is why sometimes addressing it and learning how to improve it is extremely difficult.

Engagement doesn’t necessarily mean happiness or a measurable amount of work, but it can be identified through actions that reflect the emotional commitment employees have to a company. When employees lack that commitment, they become disengaged, and basically disconnect themselves emotionally from the organization and its goals. While most disengaged employees will leave their job eventually, not everyone quits. Disengaged employees who stay with an employer can have a severe negative effect on the company. They tend to be less productive, produce lower quality of work, can cost time, money, and clients, and drag other employees down with them. This is why it’s important to recognize and tackle disengagement on every level before it becomes a burden on the organization.

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Topics: Employee Engagement

Quickly Measure Employee Engagement: One Effective (and Super-Easy) Method

Posted by HRdownloads on Aug 22, 2019 2:30:00 PM

Picture this scenario: the HR manager of Widgets, Inc., suspects that employee engagement is low after observing certain behaviours in the workplace. Some staffers are routinely showing up late or calling in sick more often than historical averages, while others have begun to openly grumble about things they don’t like. The HR manager knows that something is wrong, but isn’t quite sure how to gauge the true extent of the problem.

There is a vast body of literature, advice, and clinical studies on the subject of employee engagement. Many organizations try to tackle this all-important issue only to see their efforts fall completely flat, or at least fail to gain any noticeable traction. As the business saying goes, “what gets measured, gets managed.” And as any decent carpenter will tell you, “measure twice, cut once.” Proper measurement, therefore, is the first step in truly assessing employee engagement across the organization. The Net Promoter Score (NPS) has been used effectively for over 15 years as a reliable and repeatable methodology for this very purpose. So where do you start?

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Topics: Employee Engagement

Make ’Em, Don’t Break ’Em! Keep Up with Your HR Resolutions

Posted by HRdownloads on Feb 1, 2018 2:30:00 PM

Every New Year’s Eve, as the ball drops in Times Square and fireworks erupt over Parliament Hill, people make resolutions. Most people make these resolutions with a true desire to make them happen and the initial drive to succeed. However, the unfortunate truth about resolutions is they are usually easier to make than keep. In fact, studies show only 8% of people keep their personal New Year’s resolutions, and that is understandable. Keeping resolutions is not easy; unexpected obstacles may arise, and delays can occur without warning. Although all resolutions start with good intentions, by the middle of February, it’s not uncommon for these resolutions to be forgotten.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, HR Resolutions

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