“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs
For many organisations, employee engagement is an elusive beast; a white rabbit that’s always one leap ahead. We all want to know how our people feel they fit into the company, if they find purpose and meaning in their work. The problem isn’t that leaders and managers are unwilling to take employee engagement seriously or that employees don’t want to share their views. Rather that we’re using the wrong tools for the job.
Traditional methods used to communicate with boomers and Gen X don’t work for the vast numbers of millennials now entering the workforce.
Their engagements are immediate and social. It’s time for a fresh approach. Social media lets us connect with others instantly. It taps into our desire to share our views with the world without fighting to be heard. So it makes sense to take a more social approach to employee engagement.
Sharp Surveys is a user-friendly, intuitive tool that simplifies reaching out to your workforce, discovering what they actually think about company culture and values, gathering insights, and drawing conclusions.
Sharp Surveys overcomes inertia.
By offering instant feedback and comparison for users. They’re not just filling out a questionnaire, clicking a button and watching it disappear into the ether. The Sharp Surveys app uses intuitive software that makes it quick and simple to deliver effective feedback via phones and mobile devices. Detailed analytics are built into the app, which give you the power to filter the results in different ways. Everything is done in seconds, so the information is quite literally at your fingertips. Here’s the really good bit: you don’t have to do any extra work to untangle or categorise the data. Sharp Surveys does it all for you.
Employee engagement goes from a one-sided information gathering process to a social activity.
Employees engage with it and see results in real time. It’s a fast and easy way for everyone to speak and listen to each other without attending endless meetings. The hassle and confusion is removed so employee engagement becomes a natural part of your business culture rather than a daunting, time vampire task to be endured every six months or so.
“Pay checks can’t buy passion.” – Brad Federman
Employee engagement drives growth and productivity. That conclusion is backed up by plenty of research, including Gallup’s Employee Engagement Assessment, which compared nine performance outcomes against employee engagement and found that in every case, organisations with disengaged employees performed considerably worse.
Towers Watson’s 2012 Global Workforce Study found that engaged employees improve customer experience, and that in turns builds loyalty.
But the latest Global Workforce Study found:
- Only four in 10 employees could be classed as highly engaged
- 24 per cent are disengaged
- A further 17 per cent were ‘detached’, meaning they had support from managers but still weren’t engaged
- Around one in five were engaged but didn’t feel supported
“For most of them, it can be summed up by one of four things: They love what they do (their JOB), they love the Disney brand (their ORGANIZATION), they love their manager (their BOSS), or they love the people they work with (their SQUAD).” – Pete Blank
Feeling connected to an organisation and co-workers fosters good communication, which helps to build strong relationships. An organisation that can help build relationships will see a workforce that feels connected. With Sharp Surveys, you can grow those connections and cultivate the deep engagement that brings benefits across the whole organisation.