How can they keep employees engaged and committed at work? It is an everyday situation in companies: Change has become a constant companion for most managers and it stays one of the biggest challenges in leadership.
Definitions[ edit ] William Kahn provided the first formal definition of personnel engagement as "the harnessing of organisation members' selves to their work roles; in engagement, people employ and express themselves physically, cognitively, and emotionally during role performances.
Employee engagement is a part of employee retention. Defining employee engagement remains problematic. Business reporter employee engagement 2012 chevy their review of the literature inWollard and Shuck  identify four main sub-concepts within the term: Definitions of engagement vary in the weight they give to the individual vs the organisation in creating engagement.
Recent practice has situated the drivers of engagement across this spectrum, from within the psyche of the individual employee for example, promising recruitment services that will filter out 'disengaged' job applicants  to focusing mainly on the actions and investments the organisation makes to support engagement.
With different and often proprietary definitions of the object being measured, statistics from different sources are not readily comparable. Engagement work remains open to the challenge that its basic assumptions are, as Tom Keenoy describes them, ' normative ' and 'aspirational', rather than analytic or operational - and so risk being seen by other organizational participants as "motherhood and apple pie" rhetoric.
Employee moralework ethic, productivity, and motivation had been explored in a line dating back to the work of Mary Parker Follett in the early s.
Survey-based World War II studies on leadership and group morale sparked further confidence that such properties could be investigated and measured. Contributors[ edit ] With the wide range of definitions comes a variety of potential contributors to desirable levels of employee engagement.
Involvement[ edit ] Eileen Appelbaum and her colleagues studied 15 steel mills17 apparel manufacturers, and 10 electronic instrument and imaging equipment producers. Their purpose was to compare traditional production systems with flexible high-performance production systems involving teams, training, and incentive pay systems.
In all three industries, the plants utilizing high-involvement practices showed superior performance.
In addition, workers in the high-involvement plants showed more positive attitudes, including trustorganizational commitment and intrinsic enjoyment of the work. It is often linked to the notion of employee voice and empowerment.
Both studies included large samples of employees 3, employees in 49 organizations and 4, employees in 92 organizations. In both studies, high-involvement management practices were positively associated with employee moraleemployee retentionand firm financial performance.
Drivers of engagement[ edit ] Some additional points from research into drivers of engagement are presented below: Employee perceptions of job importance — " Employee engagement is a direct reflection of how employees feel about their relationship with the boss. Inspirational leadership is the ultimate perk.
In its absence, [it] is unlikely to engage employees. Bad use of statistics: A focus on survey administration, data gathering and analysis of results rather than taking action may also damage engagement efforts. Organizations that survey their workforce without acting on the feedback appear to negatively impact engagement scores.
At the same time, actions on the basis of engagement surveys are usually devolved to local management, where any 'value add' is counted in local performance.
Central administration of 'employee engagement' is therefore challenging to maintain over time. Were it proven possible to alter employees' attitudes and behaviours in the manner intended, and with the expected value-adding results for the organisation, a question remains  whether it would be ethical to do so.
Practitioners generally acknowledge that the old model of the psychological contract is gone, but attempting to programme a one-way identification in its place, from employee to organization, may be seen as morally and perhaps politically loaded.
Industry discussion, debates and dialogues[ edit ] This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources.
Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. January Learn how and when to remove this template message Employee engagement has opened for industry debate, with questions such as: Does employee engagement really predict sustainable shareholder value?
Current metrics remain lag indicators, not lead indicators, so it is possible engagement is caused by success, rather than being its cause. Is there a need to rethink how employee engagement could be approached?
Debates range over the value of intermittent surveys versus other techniques micro surveys, open feedback fora, news feeds,  etc. Does the concept of work-life balance need to be revisited?
To what extent are employees motivated by the mission statement of an organisation? Does human nature or neuroscience have a role in employee engagement programs?
Volunteer engagement[ edit ] Engagement has also been applied in relation to volunteers, for example more engaged Scout volunteers are likely to have increased satisfaction towards management. Work engagement relates to the positive internal mental state of a volunteer toward required tasks.Dora is an employee engagement reporter for TINYpulse.
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