The Common ‘Feed’ in Employee Engagement
What do you think about when you hear the term "employee engagement?"
Is it the annual engagement survey? Or are those days slowly coming to an end? Is the survey going to be replaced by a 21st Century, real-time approach to measuring and driving high levels of employee commitment and passion? Everyone has a different opinion, although I still hear the word survey.
What we do know is that Employee Engagement topic is big and has a huge impact on the organization. The Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends research, cites that 78% of business leaders rate retention and engagement urgent or important.
The challenge of What we know is that building a highly engaged workforce is not one size fits all. Or is it? Does it require a combination of events, impacting people in different ways? Does the influx of Millennials and the use of mobile applications at work, require that we rethink the environment and how to engage employees?
Research suggests that when people leave a company it is usually a combination of the organization and all its elements that cause turnover. So while a “bad manager” can force someone to leave, usually there are many other factors that create low performance or a departure.
Research by CultureAmp found that development opportunities and leadership have 3-4X greater impact on retention than your relationship with your immediate manager. Research by TinyPulse found that peers have much greater impact on commitment than managers.
The question is, hHow do peers, managers, and executive connect today? Organizations are flatter? There is no water cooler to huddle around to interact, collaborate, or gossip. Workers are too busy looking at the social media feeds, not each other? What’s a 21st Century approach to engaged workers?
So let’s go a little “OLD SCHOOL” with a millennial twist. What if we use events, lunch and other gatherings to build employee engagement? What if these could all be scheduled on a mobile app? What if the app allowed users to not only connect, but to share? What if there were no rules on who to connect with;, where, when, or how? What if by having a simple lunch, we will not only “feed” our stomachs, but our need” to be connected to our company; to be Socially Engaged Employees.
Our mission at Brown Bag is to bring that little “old school” connection to the 21st Century enterprise by allowing your company to build meaningful connections, which lead to greater collaboration, interaction and job satisfaction.
Co-Founder & CRO