Back to the Drawing Board πŸ“

Hey there, HR champions!

Hope your Monday isn’t too β€œMonday-ish”! Btw, we are coming to your inbox not just once, but twice a week! πŸŽ‰

In the ever-evolving landscape of work, employee engagement has proven to be more than just a buzzwordβ€”it's essential for a thriving workplace. With that in mind - let’s dig a little deeper.

In this issue, we are going back to the drawing board to identify the key drivers behind engagement. We'll then unpack each of these in our upcoming issues. πŸ”

One size does NOT fit all

An important note before we start exploring: there's no one-size-fits-all solution for employee engagement – it's as unrealistic as finding a universal shoe size for everyone. πŸ‘ 

Think of it like a puzzle; each workplace has its own pieces to fit together. What motivates Bob in Accounting might not inspire Sally in Marketing.Β 

Every organization has its own unique personality (or culture as we call it). So engagement strategies need to be tailored - also keeping in mind changing needs and challenges.

It's all about discovering a blend that keeps majority of the folks in the workplace motivated and engaged. 🌟 (an important side note: we can’t make everyone happy, unfortunately!)

Bottom line: Celebrate the diversity in what makes your team tick. Let's jump into the core elements that keep the engagement train going. πŸš‚

The Behind-the-Scenes of Employee Engagement

From last week’s poll - it seems as though β€œA positive workplace culture and environment” got the most votes for what employee engagement means at different workplaces. While specific drivers can differ, let’s hit refresh and go over a few:

  1. Recognition: Who doesn't love a pat on the back? Regular shout-outs for a job well done are key to an engaged workforce.πŸ“ˆ

  1. Feedback: Constructive feedback is like the GPS for employee growth. Think of it as a roadmap to enhancing employee engagement. πŸ—’οΈ

  1. Job Satisfaction: Doing work that aligns with both employee and company values can keep employees motivated everyday. πŸ’ͺ

  1. Career Development: Offering chances to grow and move up shows employees they're valued big time.πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’Ό

  1. Transparent and Supportive Leadership: Leaders who talk openly and are easy to approach really set the stage for a motivated team. πŸ“’

  1. Work-Life Balance: Flexibility at work means understanding that there's a whole life outside the office to enjoy. 🧘

  1. Inclusive and Diverse Culture: A workplace that truly embraces diversity makes everyone feel seen and appreciated. πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ

  1. Well-being: Focusing on overall wellness shows that the company really cares about their employees feeling great. πŸ™Œ

From heartfelt recognition to meaningful work and supportive leadership, each element plays a vital role in crafting a workplace where everyone feels valued, motivated, and ready to thrive. πŸš€

Speaking of thrive - let’s explore a quick case study. πŸ”

Thriving vs Engagement: Microsoft Case Study

So, Microsoft defines thriving as "to be energized and empowered to do meaningful work." They switched from doing just an annual check-in with their employees to more regular surveys to really get what's going on with them. (Kudos to them!) Here's a quick summary:

πŸ’ͺΒ Thriving is More than Just Being Engaged: It's about making a workplace where folks feel full of energy, have the power to do their thing, and get the support they need.

πŸ”Β Keep the Feedback Coming: Regular feedback helped Microsoft keep a finger on the pulse of what their employees need and feel, letting them act fast on useful insights.

πŸ‘©β€πŸ’ΌΒ Managers are Key Players: The surveys showed that people really believe in their managers there – with an effectiveness score of 87!

πŸ—’ The 5 P's by Kathleen Hogan: Kathleen Hogan, their Chief People Officer, rolled out this framework called "The 5 P's" – we're talking pay, perks, people, pride, and purpose.

By focusing on their employees, whether you want to call it engagement or thriving, Microsoft took a more holistic and inclusive approach to employee well-being and satisfaction.


Today’s Key Takeaways:

So, we're hitting pause here, just for now. Stay tuned for upcoming editions, where we'll explore these factors in more detail, keep dishing out some handy tips, insightful strategies and peek into how other companies are keeping their teams engaged. ✨

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Latest on Employee Engagement

  • Speaking of AI, here are 4 key innovations and how AI is revolutionizing HR. πŸ’―

  • A recent survey revealed that barely 30% of employees participate in company-sponsored wellness programs. Read other surprising stats on the low adoption rate of corporate-sponsored wellness programs. 🀯

  • Did you know employee experience and employee engagement are not the same thing? Let’s study up. Read the key differences between the two here.

That's all for today - see you tomorrow!