Recent research reports indicate world-wide employee satisfaction remains at a four-year low point. Employees feel the organization hasn’t effectively demonstrated how the individual worker’s effort contributes to the organization goals.
There’s a strong correlation between the level of employee engagement and the company’s financial performance.
From the employee’s point of view, what have your leadership and HR departments done in the last twelve months to exemplify how their work ties to the bottom line and overall company success in the marketplace?
Here are a few ideas you might use at your company:
- Train your supervisors to engage their direct reports and talk about how the work relates to the “bigger picture”. Arm your supervisors with talking points and handouts to help the conversation.
- Take the time to develop communication plans that help explain the company strategy. It’s often best to explain the value of an employee’s work when relating it to a company short-term goal, like this year’s goals, or next quarter’s goals.
- Create employee-specific goals that align with the company strategy. If you need a higher quality product, then gear employee goals to increasing quality.
Benefits of taking the time and effort to show your employees how their work contributes to the company’s strategy:
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- The employee is now engaged and better equipped to create new solutions that make their work contribute better to the company strategy. For example, an employee may better understand that importance of less production errors. So, instead of focusing on ideas for a faster production process, they focus on ideas for a higher quality product.
- Mapping line-level employee effort all the way up through the company-wide strategy is the best way to shine a light on the potential for a better allocations of resources. You may find moving employees and resources to other areas is a more efficient way to achieve the company goals.
- Reducing turnover is a great side-benefit to mapping company goals to an employee’s work. Informed and empowered employees are less likely to leave.
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