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Employee Engagement

Image by Fellowship of the Rich via FlickrThis is an article I wrote two years ago, it’s still relevant today! Times are tough these days. But there are a few things you can do to engage your employees and prepare your company for future growth when the economy recovers. A key factor in maintaining or improving your employee engagement is through effective employee communication. Our employee research shows that employees want to feel valued by their company. Employees want to be involved in their work and want to understand their company's direction, mission, and vision. In addition, employees want to have the necessary information to do their work, such as operational processes and product information, in a timely manner. For example, customer care employees need to know the launch of a new product before their customers learn about it from promotion materials. You can increase employee engagement at your organization through these action steps:

Image by atconc via Flickr A recent "Technisource survey" found that IT Employee Confidence Index has dropped from 56.2 to 47.3 in the third quarter of 2011. Only 13% of IT workers believe the economy is getting stronger. But, 32% of IT employees are still likely to look for a new job while in their current position, and their confidence in their ability to find a new job has not declined. What does this mean to your company? Are you seeing disengaged IT workers in your organization?

Image by _Hdock_via Flickr I am in the process of revamping my website, so I’m transferring some of the articles I wrote to this blog. These are oldies but goodies! I wrote this one three years ago when many companies were laying off workers. It is as applicable then as it is now, with updated data from the Conference Board. The latest Conference Board Employment Trends Index (ETI) for August 2011 is 100.8, down from July's revised figure of 101. The August figure is up 4.1 percent from a year ago,but still lags behind the August 2008 index of 109.3. Recent news such as that of Bank of America and BAE Systems indicate that many companies may plan to layoff workers in this weak economy.

Image of a Chicago high riseI just moved and have been spending some time getting my office organized. While the new place is quieter than my old location, it lacks direct sunlight. Bummer! But my new office has floor- length windows and it looks out to the woods. It’s quite tranquil except for some unsightly scenes at the bottom of the floor-length windows. I’ll admit that I’m super sensitive to views and want my work environment to look beautiful so that when I’m in my office, I feel GREAT and HAPPY! Thus the beginning of small projects to beautify my office and block out unsightly views.

One of the characteristics of a best employer is to listen to employee input regularly and to solicit employee feedback before making any major changes. Likewise, before implementing major rezoning changes to a community, you want to get input from your community stakeholders such as the residents and businesses. San Francisco’s Japantown did just that before implementing a rezoning strategic plan. A team of ASTD Golden Gate Chapter's Community Outreach Program (COP) volunteers designed and facilitated the first of three large-scale community meetings in Japantown last Wednesday. The City's Planning Department and the Japantown Organizing Committee had developed a set of recommendations for revitalizing Japantown. This meeting was aimed at getting the community’s feedback and input to these recommendations.

A recent Corporate Executive Board (CEB) study of 983 employees in the financial industry found that compensation is not a key driver of employee retention although it has a very low satisfaction score (satisfaction with compensation ranked 35th out of 38 attributes surveyed). Before you roll your eyes and say “really?” Please pause and think about it. Who wouldn’t want to be paid more? And who would agree that they are compensated sufficiently even if they are well paid?