To kick off this week’s LEED Edition, we have a great piece by Kevin Kruse, writing in Forbes, on the importance of Employee Engagement and ways to simplify your approach. We also have a few other great pieces including an insightful one by Meghan Biro, also writing in Forbes, on how leaders can affect Employee Engagement. Finally, we have a great Expert Q&A on how HR can drive high employee engagement with different strategies. Hope you enjoy these.
"I know of no topic that is more important to the long-term success of business than engagement. An axiom of Ford CEO Mark Fields is, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” Despite the click-baiting contrarians, Gallup and others have a solid body of research that shows that engagement is the antecedent of service, quality, sales, profits and ultimately shareholder value."
"It’s well understood that upbeat and highly motivated employees achieve more than their negative, disgruntled peers. Recognizing the link between attitude and job performance, human resources experts used to talk a lot about the need to enhance “employee morale” and build “job satisfaction”
"The onus is on leadership to improve employee engagement. It’s part of that magical workforce trifecta: a terrific candidate experience, a high level of workplace engagement, all resulting in retention. But what about when the leadership is toxic; when it’s more problem than solution? That’s a whole different ballgame."
"Ask Employees what they think - Collecting employee feedback is an effective way to target any employee or organisational issues. Smaller, low-key decisions, which allow employees to voice their opinions such as how to decorate the office or what information to display on your wallboards, show your employees that you respect them."
"Employee engagement is directly connected to work culture and happiness of employees. This is particularly true now that Millennials make up more than half of the workforce. This generation considers instant feedback a way of life and it’s important for businesses to implement channels that support real-time feedback."