Road to Engagement

Hello all πŸ‘‹

This is Mariam Mushtaq from HR Brain Pickings bringing you this week’s edition on all things employee engagement. 🌟

A very Happy New Year to all of you! 🍾 Here's hoping your resolutions last longer than your New Year's Eve leftovers! πŸ˜†

Let’s get back to business! πŸ€“

Quick Trivia 🧠

In this issue we are going to discuss how to set up an employee engagement roadmap. Is it really necessary? Yes. For long-time success of your engagement strategy, it is absolutely essential. 🎯

Roadmap to Results

Think of an employee engagement roadmap as your GPS to success but with less annoying rerouting! πŸ—ΊοΈ It's a well-thought-out mix of actions, milestones and initiatives aimed at ramping up engagement levels.

Just like any robust business strategy, this roadmap can be crafted to achieve specific, desired outcomes for the business. 🎯

It's also crucial to keep these plans fresh and aligned with your business strategy, giving them a regular tune-up rather than making sporadic changes or considering them only as an afterthought. πŸ’Ό

So, where to start? How to begin? πŸ€”

The Engagement Blueprint

Planning Phase

  • πŸ‘‚Understand and Listen To Your Employees: Dive deep into understanding your employees' preferences, needs, and aspirations. Use tools like pulse surveys, focus groups, and social media monitoring, and engage in direct conversations to get a pulse on what drives engagement and what needs improvement.

  • 🀝 Engage Leaders: It's vital to get leaders involved in employee engagement. HR should demonstrate how engagement links to business performance and highlight the influence of leaders' words and actions.

  • 🌟 Aligning with Organizational Values: Ensure your engagement plan is in sync with your organization's values, mission, and culture. Employees are more engaged when they feel their work aligns with the broader goals of the company.

  • 🎯 Set Clear Goals: There are no direct ways to improve engagement, it takes different experiments, trials and improvements to get there. Hence keep in mind to establish realistic and achievable goals that ultimately lead to improved engagement.

  • πŸ› οΈ Choosing the Right Employee Engagement Tool: An engagement tool can give you a competitive edge with your initiatives. Ensure you select your ideal platform based on your unique business needs.

Implementation Phase

  • πŸ’¬ Integrate Engagement in Communication: Regularly discuss engagement initiatives in team meetings, town halls, emails and announcements. Try out the 5 Ws and an H approach for effective communication.

  • πŸ“š Offer Training: Leaders and managers often are not aware of engagement initiatives themselves. Hence it’s important to get them to not only participate but also train them as to what their role is in employee engagement.

  • πŸš€ Launch Engagement Programs: Whether it’s your new rewards and recognition program or DEI initiatives, launching your engagement programs will get the engagement wheel turning.

What does your engagement roadmap look like? Share with this image on Linkedin!

Continuous Improvement Phase

  • πŸ“ˆ Continuously Measuring and Adapting: Regular assessment of engagement levels is important to identify areas for improvement and gauge the success of your initiatives. Use surveys, feedback, and analytics tools to make data-driven adjustments.

  • πŸ“ŠConduct Surveys: Use these as a baseline to measure engagement and track the effectiveness of your efforts.

  • πŸ” Monitor eNPS: This one-question survey measures how likely employees are to recommend your company as a workplace, offering a simple engagement gauge.

  • πŸ“’ Share Results and Insights: Always share survey results with the entire company. Celebrate successes and outline current and future plans. Link engagement data with productivity, retention, and business performance to highlight its impact on the bottom line.

Every organization is different, with its unique set of needs and challenges. As a People leader, it's your task to tailor an engagement plan that mirrors your company's values, mission, and objectives.

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Implementation Roadmap

This is an outline alongside an example for the implementation phase of an employee engagement roadmap. You can use this as a reference to create your own as well as add in the other phases if needed.

Bonus Resource: Latest AI Insights Report πŸ€–

In a survey we ran recently, we found that 65% of people thought that helpdesks reduced workplace productivity, consequently threatening company revenue. The results of the survey (conducted over a large pool of HR and non-HR professionals) have now been consolidated into our report on State of the HR/IT & Employee Helpdesk Experience in 2023.

What the report reveals:

  • How your HR & non-HR colleagues feel about their employee helpdesk

  • The impact of traditional helpdesks on productivity

  • What people actually want in their helpdesk

  • The solution - how productivity can be improved using AI

  • AI readiness, & much more

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