Recently, I was invited to a B-School for a lecture on being future ready to imbibe a workplace culture. It’s ironic how the first thing that came to my mind was the fact that this millennial workforce could make or break the rate of attrition in their respective profiles.
Workplaces have evolved over a period of time and have embraced a lot of flexible perks as well. But what happens when organizations fail to engage the workforce?
Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace report released in 2017 stated that only 13% of Indians are engaged at work, irrespective of whether employed in the organized sector or otherwise.
How far do you think will this number go by 2020?
Rational v/s Emotional
An Offbeat Offsite
Recently, the team received a brief for planning a two-day offsite for 50 individuals at the middle management level. The email outlined two things to be kept in mind while planning – One, an offbeat activity that encourages team bonding. Two, the activity should not be for more than one hour as we have presentations lined up.
A classic case of quality over quantity. Less time, intense interactions, and unreal expectations. Fostering a bonding takes time and demands a pre as well as post communication to set the right context and create the appropriate amount of inquisition to participate. An offsite is a part of engagement, not a medium to measure the impact.
Empower Before Engage
What truly is engagement and how do we ensure that it sustains?
Is engagement only about feeling happy at work? Better team building activities, motivational talks by senior leadership, additional financial incentives or the autonomy of decision making? Research has proved that employees are bound to an organization, not because of the salary package offered, but more so due to the culture that they imbibe.
Nurturing skill-sets, facilitating technical training to scale up, guaranteed professional growth opportunities and a sense of purpose also add up towards building a workplace culture. Telling your employees that their contribution is appreciated is simply not enough. Make them feel it. Increase the recognition forums and include more of team bonding over team building. Empower them to make time for their personal life along with the increasing demands of the workplace.
Head is the Execution, Heart is the Approach
Our minds shape our attitude towards work and thus engaging it is more crucial. Emails, newsletters, notice board announcements – Ain’t they really an outdated mode of communication? How does one reach out then?
If it’s the mind that wanders – Engage It. If it’s the heart that ponders – Indulge It.
Have always wondered if engagement should be manifested with a top-down approach. Should it always be the responsibility of the top management to initiate engagement? Or should there be representatives from within the teams to champion it?
Employee Engagement Evolves to Employee Experience
What is the difference you’re wondering? The former is a means of measuring an employee’s commitment to the organization while the later, holistically encompasses the life-cycle of an employee.
Ensuring that an employee is not just aware of the organization’s vision and values, but voluntarily propagates them as a cultural ambassador, forms an integral part of creating the employee experience.