Employee Engagement Starter Pack ๐Ÿ“š

Hey there, Happy Monday! And welcome to our very first issue of EngageWith Weekly!

Guess what? Two issues of HR Brain Pickings are now part of your weekly reading! And this one is all about employee engagement and the future of work. ๐Ÿ”Ž

We know what you might be thinking, "Employee engagement, what's the big deal?" Well, we're here to tell you it's a pretty big deal! In this issue, we're going back to basics with Employee Engagement 101. We'll break down the core concepts, explore how it has evolved, and share some nifty tips to get started on boosting engagement in your organization.

So, grab your virtual seat, and let's dive in! ๐ŸŽ‰

Employee Engagement 101

Back to the '90s We Go ๐Ÿšถ

I promise, this wonโ€™t be a boring history lesson. Havenโ€™t you ever wondered where the term Employee Engagement comes from? Picture this: it's the early 1990s, and a professor named William Kahn at Boston University drops the term "employee engagement" into the conversation. He defines it as "the harnessing of organization members' selves to their work roles."

Before Kahn's groundbreaking work, most research focused on job satisfaction, which was considered a decent indicator of employee well-being. But he said, hold up, I donโ€™t think satisfaction alone is gonna cut it. Kahn argued that satisfaction wasn't sufficient to ensure employees were genuinely engaged and productive.

According to him, true engagement requires employees to be completely immersed in their roles, investing their physical, cognitive, and emotional selves in their work โ€“ not just their bodies but their hearts and minds too. ๐Ÿง โค๏ธ

Early 2000s: The Engagement Revolution

Fast forward to the early 2000s, and employee engagement started making waves in the business world. Organizations could no longer could avoid the fact that engaged employees were more productive, fiercely loyal, and always ready to go the extra mile.

This realization led to a wave of engagement initiatives. Surveys, feedback programs, and recognition schemes became the norm as all organizations now wanted a piece of the engagement pie. ๐Ÿฅง

Today's Engagement: It's Not a One-Trick Pony

Employee engagement didn't (and probably wonโ€™t) stop evolving. In recent years, it's shifted gears yet again. It's not just about satisfaction; it's about well-being. Oh, and itโ€™s also about creating a workplace where employees feel valued and supported. Growth and development opportunities started popping up left and right. ๐Ÿ“‰

Organizations are now stepping up their game, focusing on factors like workplace culture, diversity and inclusion, recognition and rewards, and top-notch communication. Data and analytics are joining the party too, helping companies fine-tune their engagement efforts.

You might be thinking -

Well, the future of work? It's not some far-off concept; it's happening right now. And employee engagement is front and center. Engaged employees bring their A-game, day in and day out. They're more innovative, more loyal, and they are committed to their work, their organization, their team, and their customers. ๐Ÿค

And here's the kicker: organizations that have got this engagement thing nailed down? They tend to have higher profits, lower turnover rates, and customers who can't stop smiling. Now that's what we call a win-win! ๐Ÿš€

Remember, employee engagement isn't a one-size-fits-all strategy. No need to stress if you don't have all the answers; nobody really does.

What counts is that you listen to your team, understand their needs, analyze what works, put it into action, and keep the cycle going. Plus - we are always here to help you get started. ๐Ÿ˜Š

There you have it โ€“ a swift tour of employee engagement from the past to the present. Stay tuned for more engaging insights right here at EngageWith Weekly! ๐Ÿ“ข

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Donโ€™t Miss This: Last Chance to Register

Are you struggling to get your leadership team on board with your employee engagement strategy? Well, this webinar is tailor-made just for you!

Here's What You Can Expect:

  • Learn how to effectively use data to present "The Why" of employee engagement. โ“

  • Discover impact mapping, a powerful tool that can showcase the long term benefits of employee engagement.ย ๐Ÿ“ˆ

  • Find out how much disengaged employees are costing your organization. ๐Ÿ’ฐ

  • Dive into the process of identifying your ideal employee engagement platform. ๐Ÿ‘

  • Understand the significance of crafting an implementation plan for your employee engagement strategy. ๐Ÿ—’๏ธ

Bonus: Unlock exclusive resources for your engagement strategy. ๐Ÿ”“

We've been on a roll with 4 successful editions already in the past two months, and now we're concluding the series with one last session. Register below and donโ€™t forget to mark your calendars!ย ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ

Latest on Employee Engagement

  1. According to Gartner HR research, a mere 31% of employees are genuinely engaged and excited about their work. Are we trying to solve the wrong problems? ๐Ÿค” Read about the 3 challenges that HR needs to address to close the action gap.

  2. Personalized employee benefits, personalized holiday gifts, whatโ€™s next? Free, personalized lunch is the new office perk! ๐Ÿ”

  3. According to Harvard Business Review, boosting engagement really boils down to 4 fundamental elements - read what they are. ๐Ÿ”

That's all folks - see you next week!