Stepping Up Employee Engagement

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What does it take to have a dedicated, motivated and hardworking team that supports the very columns of your company ?

The answer is simple but technically the most difficult to achieve. “The Employee Engagement” – creating  a culture and understanding throughout the organization to uplift and equip your best talent.

How to reach that Nirvana?  The place where it is all hunky dory, with rainbows, unicorns and glitters, where there is an environment of motivation and success fueled by achievers and go-getters reaching far beyond their goals. The place where employees get a sense of ownership and responsibility, where gratitude turns into success of the organization as a whole.

The honest truth remains on a more obvious approach towards transparency and mutual trust, without creating a co-dependency. The process of liberating the employees, where checks and balances do not jump far off the fence and undermine their capabilities but rather enhance their existing skills.

Having said that, it reminds us to nurture a constant mechanism of feedback and learning where the communications are focused and bring out the desired outcome. The ” performance evaluation ” as the term goes is also entering into a completely new territory and is of a less judgmental sort and more of a learning and development activity. The solution lies in listening, observing and measuring how to create a symbiotic environment  between all tiers of the organization, displaying the best features offered by those employees.

The DNA OF A Successfully Engaged Team 

 

If the motives are always weighed as collectively, rather than individually and benefits are portrayed as a shared “success”, it will provide enough incentives to perform brilliantly and bring forth an energized and charged atmosphere, improving the workplace ambiance.  The purpose of boosted self-esteem can result in a constructive achievement of objectives. “The learn and develop” mantra can help groom the team for future challenges and teach them to co-operate at all levels and stages of the projects. A mechanism that is well oiled and working in coherence. The system where concerns don’t come out as arguments and promises of rewards don’t stay empty promises. I cannot stress enough on this, that employees are the company’s best ambassadors and represent the face of the company, so their well-being and prosperity is a company’s well-being and prosperity. They would not only promote and glorify the company’s motto but also deal with the clients more efficiently, binding them into a long term beneficial business relationship.

Small gestures and appreciation go a long way, a happy and emotionally stable employee would be more creative and would work faster, overcoming all glitches and improvising where hurdles come. Companies relying on constant innovation can benefit immensely from employees which stay tuned and focused rather than the employee who couldn’t think beyond working from paycheck to paycheck.

The more engaged the team at work is, the more chances of productive days and less absences and sick leaves. Employees get engaged where there is room for thought, consideration and realization. A workplace where culture, traditions and values are taken care of become the examples other would like to follow. If this scenario is achieved, an atmosphere is set for visionaries to be born and incubated to fill in the shoes of the leaders passing on this legacy.

The Deal Breakers

An array of behaviors, ranging from being over powering to being super-bossy might scare people and the term, keeping them “in-line” loses its importance. It is morally unjustified to keep employees tied up in errands that undermines their personal growth and engages them in an unpleasant, burdened and mechanical way of working. An emotionally upset employee might not utter something against the employer but the productivity and loyalty would certainly decrease over a period of time. Any kind of manipulative behavior might come under abuse, a very cynical and sarcastic approach can tarnish the company’s image in a paramount fashion.

Pointing out employee’s faults publicly can cause a caustic background and would put the members of the company in an awkward relationship with each other. Disappointment and resentment can never lead to a team that works towards the prosperity, as employees need a balanced leadership to guide them through different phases of the job cycles. Maturity and responsibility comes with setting examples that can be followed and adopted. Public ridiculing and humiliation are two zones, that if entered or ventured into might lead into the destruction of the very structure of the company. The only sensible way is to calmly work on the things that work and then encourage the employees to expand their skill sets.

Working with weaker parts of the team all the way up to the strengths and then letting them build the foundations of mutual association and team spirit to guide them through ups and downs of a company. These are the very basics of self-sufficient teams that can work independently.

The essential point that centralizes a gentle and understanding leadership to focus on building and strengthening the basic structure of the company is the “mainstay agenda” towards effective employee engagement.

 

 

HR Evolution And Employee Engagement

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Talent management is a risky business and a lot of HRS rolled out in the market are not addressing the issue. the Human Capital Trends of the coming year are more focused towards redesigning the way companies work. The companies are wrestling to uplift their employees and create more opportunities to work towards evolving leadership.

The emerging desire to delve into the core HR dilemma, is to simplify the environment at work and taking the stress off the employees by cutting down on exorbitant amounts of information. There is an evident void when it comes to skillful leadership and world may start paying attention to that deficit as it moves on.

The shared learning mechanism has to amalgamate itself with corporate learning and eventually acquire the goals an organization is aspiring to achieve. The metamorphosis has to swiftly start working to close on the gap and drift towards the rising trends of more and more employee engagement so that the retention rates could improve. The specific targeted theme of a common company culture with uniformly inspiriting and empowering the people can be achieved.

A smart and capable HRS must have the capacity to deal with the hourly/contract workers and the complexities of dealing with their benefits etc. The present day talent is a lot different and needs to be catered to, more sensitively regarding the way it is evaluated, specially when the said employees have a temporary status in a company. The nitty gritties of scaling up with an explosive growth for an HCM is just as important as its services, the system must acknowledge that and respect it. The world has seen a rise of systems that rose too quick and collapsed under a heaps of such pressures.

The key is to move at a steady pace solving the real pains and not  mixing it up with insurances and benefits, since an HRS is there to solve more of the core HR related issues rather than being a broker. To deliver more than that, it is more of a race to be more compliant towards the things that matter, like innovative performance evaluations , engagement and leadership development roles. It must deliver value and strengthen the business by serving the company’s employees and forming well-oiled, well synchronized teams, fueling a mechanism of innovation and harmony.

A fine balance between a more sophisticated system and a more perceptive one is what can create monetary worth and a platform for employees to be more engaged, equipped and developed.