“Keep yourself in the picture” – January 2019

2 February, 2019
Employee engagement news

Monthly Focus on Employee Engagement and Employee Communications

We’re passionate about employee engagement and communication in the workplace, and we keep a more than keen eye on news, current thinking, and future developments that affect the way we all work.

We’ve condensed the most provocative, insightful and interesting news and blogs that we’ve read from the past month into this article. Here’s what you can find out:

  • Women are happier at work than men, as are managers when compared to non-managers. Older age groups are more content in the workplace than millennials. The UK is ranked 10th in the world for the happiness of its workers. Could better employee engagement be the key that unlocks greater workplace productivity in the UK?
  • Two in every five employers believe that employee engagement will be their biggest challenge in 2019, according to a new survey of 423 HR professionals in the UK. With only a third believing their businesses are doing enough to help people reach their full potential, the survey paints a poor picture for the prospects of recruitment and retention in 2019.
  • Five strategies that will help HR teams to engage their employees more effectively, providing a cultural foundation which enables employees to engage with their work, their team, and the company for whom they work.
  • Companies that wish to prosper in 2019 should invest in effective and tailored employee engagement strategies. That’s the advice from Alexander Mann Solutions, following research from Deloitte that shows more than a quarter of UK employees are ‘not performing at their best’ at work.
  • Gallup has released some good news about employee engagement: 34% of employees in the United States feel engaged. Unfortunately, this means that almost two-thirds don’t. If contemporary approaches to engagement aren’t working, what could you do about it in your organisation?

To access each story below, just click on the headline. We hope they help to inform and inspire, and perhaps provide discussion ideas for your next team huddle. If there’s anything we’ve missed or a topic you’d like me to tackle for you, please get in touch.

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UK workers rank 10th in global happiness survey

A survey of 10,000 employees worldwide has found that UK workplace happiness comes 10th in the world – but is lagging behind its biggest European competitors, Australia and the United States. Other findings include that women are happier at work than men, as are managers when compared to non-managers. (Find out more)


Two-fifths predict employee engagement will be greatest challenge in 2019

The latest research from HR software organisation Cascade HR paints a gloomy picture for companies’ chances of recruiting and retaining the best talent in 2019. The ‘2019 landscape: what’s in store?’ survey found that 40% of HR professionals believe that engagement will be their biggest challenge in 2019, and more than a third are concerned about staff retention capabilities. (Find out more)


Employee engagement strategies to make your mission come to life

It’s no secret that engaged employees benefit organisations with better productivity and lower absenteeism and turnover rates. When designing employee engagement strategies, organisations should remember to consider their primary objectives: to engage their people with the work they do, the people they work with, and the place in which they work. These five strategies should help HR teams to improve employee engagement and retention numbers. (Find out more)


Employee engagement vital for 2019 prosperity

Following research by Deloitte which found 27% of UK employees are not performing their best work, Sandy Lucas, Chief People Officer at Alexander Mann Solutions recommends that UK business leaders must invest in effective and tailored employee engagement strategies to protect profits in the New Year. (Find out more)


Struggling to engage employees? Try the old-fashioned way!

Finally, there’s ‘good’ news on the employee-engagement front! According to Gallup’s latest survey on the subject, the proportion of engaged US workers – a whopping 34% – is as high as it’s been since at least the year 2000. It didn’t take an entrepreneurial genius these past two decades to see that something was wrong with the business worldview for it to consider having just one in three workers engaged as a ‘win’. The question is, what do we do about it? (Find out more)


We hope you find these stories informative, and please feel free to share this article with your colleagues and wider network. Once again, if there’s anything we’ve missed or a topic you’d like me to include in future digests, please get in touch.

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