Businesses need engaged employees to be able to compete in these ever evolving and dynamic times we live in. You may have heard of the term ‘VUCA’. It sounds more like the kind of nasty thing you pick up from the swimming pool on your foot. However what it actually stands for does explain what a day at the office can be like rather well! Times have changed so much that somebody felt the need to create an acronym specifically to articulate and encapsulate it – VUCA – it stands for volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous.
Effective leadership is needed in such environments, yet we seem to have have a big gap between the perceived and actual quality of leadership.
This is not good news for UK PLC but it could be a golden opportunity for YOU…
Research shows that organisations with high levels of employee engagement are more efficient and effective, and that highly engaged employees:
- are more customer focused, find they are more creative at work, and take less time off sick;
- care about the future of their organisation and put in greater effort to help it meet its objectives;
- feel proud of the organisation they work for and are inspired to do their best and motivated to deliver the organisation’s objectives.
Still not convinced? Feel free to browse the source reports that each contain very compelling evidence and case studies… Engaging for Success Report 2009 The Evidence 2012 and Wellbeing & Engagement 2014
The Leadership Gap
The 2016 Edelman Trust Barometer shows that employees and peers are still more credible to the general public than leaders of business. Yet only 65% of people trust their employer. This is important because employees that trust in leadership are more likely to advocate for their company, products and services. Also, without trust there can be no engagement – at least not with the organisation. It’s possible that people can be engaged with their jobs (thinking academics/Drs/Nurses etc) but not engaged with their employers. In worst case scenarios this can result in a retraction of labour as we have seen recently with Junior Drs – very costly for everyone.
It’s not all doom and gloom. As a result of the leadership gap. Organisations are crying out for leaders who understand engagement and can create and lead engaged teams who trust the company and it’s leaders (presuming of course that they are trust-worthy!) The need for leaders that can inspire commitment and energy in others in a more sophisticated way than just ‘cracking the whip’ and burning people out is absolutely phenomenal. We need leaders that can engage for success.
The question is: Are YOU one of them?
Although there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach and no master model for successful employee engagement, four common themes have emerged and taken together, they include many of the key elements that go to make successful employee engagement.
- Visible, empowering leadership providing a strong strategic narrative about the organisation, where it’s come from and where it’s going.
- Engaging Managers who focus their people and give them scope, treat their people as individuals and coach and stretch their people.
- Employee voice throughout the organisations, for reinforcing and challenging views, between functions and externally. Employees are seen not as the problem, rather as central to the solution, to be involved, listened to, and invited to contribute their experience, expertise and ideas.
- Organisational integrity – the values on the wall are reflected in day to day behaviours. There is no ‘say –do’ gap. Promises made and promises kept, or an explanation given as to why not.With such opportunity available it really does do well to know the absolute up to the minute thinking on engagement. To know what other companies and leaders are doing, learning from the best and having and opportunity to network with others at the top of their game. That is why I never miss the
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In a time of such golden opportunity to make a real difference through your work, it really does do well to stay informed on the absolute up-to-the-minute thinking on employee engagement. To know what other companies and leaders are doing, learning from the best and having and opportunity to network with others at the top of their game.
That is why I never miss the Annual Employee Engagement Conference and recommend you attend too.
The conference is run by Engage for Success, a movement dedicated to the idea that there is a better way to work, a way that benefits individual employees, teams and whole organisations. The event will convene Business & HR leaders to debate and discuss the barriers to implementation of a successful employee engagement strategy and talk through key steps to create engaging workplace cultures by design, not by chance.
I am attending and am volunteering at the Wellbeing area so do pop by and say hello!
Just to whet your appetite you can see what happened at last years conference here: