Are you feeling valued at work?
There are clear benefits in workplace engagement, writes Melanie Burgess
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