Recent data published by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has highlighted that less than four in ten employees (39%) claim to be engaged at work. With benefits to be experienced by staff, organisations and customers alike if employees are engaged, this trend is something that needs to be addressed.
Considering this recent CIPD revelation, Cascade’s HR manager and CIPD member Donna Larvin comments: “Engagement is inextricably linked to performance, morale and retention, so it is imperative that organisations develop stronger mechanisms for motivating and inspiring their staff.
“At the same time, employees have roles and responsibilities to fulfil, so it is important to consider whether they are equally committing to their side of the working relationship.”
Engagement has long been an area of focus for Cascade when working with clients to ensure technology adds the greatest possible value to their organisations. As a result there are numerous ways that Cascade’s proactive fully-integrated HR and HMRC-recognised payroll software, can be utilised to enhance engagement and in turn organisational performance:
These simple steps to improving engagement levels do not need to cost the earth. In fact better-engaged staff who are more inclined to go the extra mile for their employers, are likely to achieve greater cost-efficiencies for organisations in the process.
If steps have already been taken to implement the above suggestions it is important to think outside the box too. For example, would your company benefit from a degree of cultural evolution and if so, do you need to think about devising and implementing a change management programme?
Remember as well that what motivates some employees will not necessarily engage others, as we pointed out in our generation Y comment earlier in the year. This reiterates that engagement relies on strong and regular communication, and is undoubtedly most effective in organisations that have a continuous improvement philosophy.
Consider what other helpful resources are available. The CIPD for instance is also holding its performance management conference in London on 11-12 October, which will consider engagement as part of the overall programme of events.
Finally, ask for help if you think your organisation could benefit from a closer look at engagement, and possibly a review of your engagement strategy. The Cascade team of experts is on hand to advise how a HR system can encourage greater staff engagement, simply call 0113 255 4115 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to tell you more.