Are you feel­ing val­ued at work?

There are clear ben­e­fits in work­place en­gage­ment, writes Me­lanie Burgess

The Courier-Mail - Career One - - News -

EM­PLOY­EES place more im­por­tance on work­place en­gage­ment than their em­ploy­ers yet ev­ery­body ben­e­fits from a co­he­sive and in­volved team.

New sur­vey re­sults from re­cruit­ment firm Hays re­veal 93 per cent of em­ploy­ees rate en­gage­ment as im­por­tant or very im­por­tant, av­er­aged across 12 cat­e­gories, com­pared to just 85 per cent of em­ploy­ers.

It also finds dis­par­ity be­tween the types of en­gage­ment that are most vi­tal.

For em­ploy­ees, be­ing val­ued (97.26 per cent) and recog­ni­tion for a job well done (94.75 per cent) are the top en­gage­ment fac­tors. Yet em­ploy­ers be­lieve en­sur­ing staff un­der­stand how their role con­trib­utes to the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s suc­cess (87.62 per cent) and how it helps the or­gan­i­sa­tion achieve its ob­jec­tives (87.37 per cent) are highest ranked. About 90 per cent of em­ploy­ers say an en­gaged work­force has a greater pos­i­tive ef­fect on an or­gan­i­sa­tion’s fi­nan­cial per­for­mance but just 40 per cent be­lieve most of their staff are en­gaged.

“An en­gaged work­force is typ­i­cally one in which em­ploy­ees un­der­stand and are com­mit­ted to an or­gan­i­sa­tion’s val­ues and ob­jec­tives, and are pas­sion­ately mo­ti­vated to go above and be­yond to help achieve its goals,” Hays Aus­tralia and New Zealand manag­ing di­rec­tor Nick Deli­gian­nis says.

Lead­er­ship Man­age­ment Aus­tralia’s Lead­er­ship Em­ploy­ment and Di­rec­tion (LEAD) Sur­vey re­veals just one in four work­ers be­lieve their busi­ness lead­ers and se­nior man­agers com­mu­ni­cate with them about the im­me­di­ate fu­ture of their or­gan­i­sa­tion to a great ex­tent. Mean­while, 8 per cent say they don’t at all.

About the same por­tion (24 per cent) say their lead­ers re­as­sure them about their fu­ture with the or­gan­i­sa­tion to a great ex­tent. A fur­ther 14 per cent say they don’t at all.

LMA ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor strat­egy and growth Andrew Hen­der­son says from the em­ployee’s per­spec­tive, be­ing en­gaged helps them en­joy work. From an em­ployer’s per­spec­tive, it re­duces the risk

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