Employee engagement was the hot topic at Enterprising Barnsley’s recent HR Network. Lucy Owens, Executive Coach with Bhayani HR and Employment Law, highlighted that about 1/3 UK employees are actively engaged at work and 20 million people aren’t delivering their full capability (Engage for Success). In contrast, UK companies with high engagement scores had twice the annual net profit than those with low scores.
It’s easy to throw around statistics, but what can you do to enhance productivity and performance in your business? Lucy described the 4 key enablers of employee engagement:
- Strategic narrative – strong, visible leadership providing narrative about where the organisation’s come from and is going to
- Engaging managers – focus, coach and stretch people and treat them as individuals
- Employee voice – reinforce/challenge views within the business
- Organisational integrity – the values on the walls are reflected in daily behaviours
And businesses at the HR Network, including Premier Foods, ASOS, Largo Foods, B Braun Medical, Melett, shared their examples of strong employee engagement, such as Praise and Grumble boards, setting up a Works Council, daily “huddles” on production lines, asking staff for money-saving ideas and bringing in fruit to enhance colleagues’ wellbeing.
To find out more about ways to strengthen employee engagement through coaching, team building and management development, contact Lucy Owens.
What about Disengaged Employees?
Sometimes, no matter how hard you try there are employees who are not motivated and it’s important to manage them. The typical signs of a disengaged employee are complaining, negative attitude, refusing to help others, lack of enthusiasm, performance issues and lots more. Getting your performance management and discipline and dismissal process right is key to ensuring you can tackle these issues.
To find out more on disciplinary, dismissal and exiting employees contact Jay Bhayani.
If you are keen to learn more about Employee Engagement come and join us on 7 December for Sheffex. We are presenting in the main hall at Ponds Forge.