“Keep yourself in the picture” – July 2019

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Monthly Focus on Employee Engagement and Employee Communications

At The Big Picture People we’re passionate about employee engagement and communication in the workplace, and keep an eager 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. You can find out:

  • Almost half of UK organisations rely on gut instinct in recruitment and retention strategies, despite most understanding that deep insight drives employee engagement and effective hiring. Research from Capita Resourcing highlights some worrying gaps between perception and reality that could be affecting how companies are run and levels of employee engagement.
  • Many employees believe that annual leave should be used to encourage employee engagement, especially for senior employees.
  • Managers and leaders are starting to look for different ways to measure employees’ wellbeing. A survey by CIPD found that wellbeing is high on the list of priorities for many senior leaders, but also found that impact evaluation is only undertaken continuously by a third of organisations.
  • How leaders can communicate more effectively to focus on culture and employ influence rather than authority.

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 us to tackle for you, please get in touch.


Instinct over insight… nearly half of UK organisations still rely on gut feel to assess skills needs within the business


Most HR leaders regard data and insight as critical to effective recruitment and retainment, but, according to new research from Capita Resourcing, almost half rely on gut instinct when recruiting. As the Executive Director of Capita Resourcing says, “With greater insight on employees and candidates, HR can improve quality of hire, but also drive employee engagement and retention (through better cultural fit of hires), workforce diversity and business agility.” (Read more)


Poll: 45% think using annual leave to recognise long service encourages engagement


ANZ have launched a new loyalty scheme which rewards staff for long service. They are giving five days loyalty leave for those with three or more years of service. They listened to feedback from their employees, and are finding ways to offer more flexibility and a better work/life balance. This is in line with research by Employee Benefits that shows more than four in 10 employees believe that annual leave should be used to encourage employee engagement for senior employees. (Read more)


How to convert employee feedback into action


Employee wellbeing is high on the list of organisation’s agendas, but there are still difficulties in discovering how workforces feel and then creating change for good. A CIPD survey has found that two-thirds of its respondents agree that impact evaluation is important to wellbeing programmes. Are traditional employee surveys the way to measure what is going on? (Read more)


Leadership communication styles for a learning and change culture


Effective communication is critical to develop organisational culture and employee engagement. Styles that aid this include being engaged with what is happening around them, asking and listening, and recognising and responding to communication patterns. Feedback is key. (Read 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 us to include in future digests, please get in touch.

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