To Engage or Not To Engage…Employees Have a Choice

A man is puzzled over which choice to make

Never forget it. Employees can choose to be engaged and give it their all or not. They have a choice and so do you as an employer. You can choose to care about the level of employee engagement at your organization, conduct an assessment so you know just where you stand, and then directly address the areas where employee engagement drivers are low.

Why should you care? Here is what we learned from our research study of over 400 firms across eight industries. The level of engagement matters a lot to your bottom line.

We firmly believed that companies and teams who align their culture and talent with their strategy consistently outperform their peers. We knew that employee engagement was a significant factor in high performing companies. But the actual number results were quite astonishing:

• Highly aligned companies grow 58% faster and are 72% more profitable than unaligned companies and they outperform those companies at the employee engagement rate of 16.8-to-1.

It follows, then, that a high level of employee engagement correlates directly to an organization’s performance…in other words, its bottom line health now and into the future.

We recommend that you as a leader care a lot about how engaged your employees are and that you check out where your company stands vis-à-vis key employee engagement benchmarks. “Gut feel” is one way. You should have a pretty good sense of whether or not your workers are glad to come to work each day and show that by choosing to stay, expending discretionary effort and working collaboratively with their teams. A far better test, however, is to conduct an employee engagement survey that is properly introduced, effectively implemented, anonymous, and part of a top-down commitment to take action according to the results.

Employee engagement training may well be part of what you decide to do to improve your workers’ level of satisfaction. Somewhere along the line, however, you will find that your leaders need to be charged with ensuring that the company is run in accordance with these four important principles:

1. Relationships
People like to feel that they are working on teams where members support and trust one another. They value feeling connected to their coworkers and working toward a common and meaningful goal. Trusting relationships are built on mutual respect.

2. Mission
Employees want to know that what they do matters. They feel more engaged when they can see that the work they do is meaningful. It has a purpose beyond simply making money; the company and what it stands for will make something or someone better.

3. Rewards and Recognition
Employees should be very clear on what they are expected to do and how their performance will be measured. When they excel, they like to be appropriately appreciated. By the same token, they should be held accountable for sub-standard performance. Recognize and validate desired behaviors and have fair consequences for sub-standard work.

4. Knowledge Sharing
The best companies value transparency and information flow. They share information about company strategy to include and involve all employees. Information should be openly shared in both directions from top to bottom. This means that leaders must make a concerted effort to stay in touch with employees’ thoughts and ideas. This is the way to include everyone in the company vision and planning.

 

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We have been able to utilize LSA’s extensive network of top-notch resources to leverage our investment in employee development. The result has been the cost effective and highly efficient delivery of quality educational and management training programs.

Steve Feller
Vice President, Human Resources

We partnered with LSA to pilot a customized behavioral interviewing program to help ensure that we continue to hire the best and brightest as we continue to rapidly scale. LSA’s ability to understand our business and our unique culture combined with their desire to ensure that the best practices framework truly fits our performance environment and is highly adopted by our people is a real blessing. Most other firms want to just ‘give you training.’ Not LSA, they are focused on helping me hit our hiring forecasts and attract A players.

Jennifer Remling
Director of Global Recruiting

AKQA

Congratulations on your pro-activity in establishing this program and developing such an effective New Employee Orientation course.

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President and Chief Executive Office

Fujitsu

We value our relationship with LSA Global. We came to LSA because we wanted to improve overall behavioral based interviewing capabilities of our managers to increase the probability of both hiring top talent and future leaders. LSA designed a highly customized solution for our business and culture. We are currently rolling out this solution to our leaders. I would highly recommend LSA Global as a top quality resource.

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HR Project Manager - Training & Development, PHR

For our go to training outsourcing partner, LSA provides exactly what we want. As always, they deliver outstanding work!

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Director, Organizational Excellence & Development

Intuit

Our company engaged LSA to do a specialized “train the trainer” program, and the consultant’s performance outdid our exceptionally high standards for such a program. Very crucial to the success of this program was the work done upfront to discuss our needs and to interview key members of our organization so that the program specifically met our goals. Our facilitators continue to comment on the success of the program. Thanks also for the follow-up.

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Thank you to LSA Global for their partnership and support in helping us to design and roll-out our valuable management development training program. I personally have partnered with LSA Global at four of my previous companies. It continues to be a delight working with LSA. We look forward to partnering with them at Blackhawk Networks for future training and consulting needs.

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The Next Generation Management Development courses have helped me communicate more effectively with my peers and teammates. By utilizing effective communication techniques such as clarifying and confirming, and asking open ended questions, I have been able to clarify and understand information in situations where I would have otherwise asked limited questions and made false assumptions.

Robert Breckner
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I am very impressed with the quality of work and talent. LSA did a great job of listening to my needs and providing the exact management training program expertise I needed to get the job done.

Don Pryor
Director, Business Planning & Analysis

LSA custom designed a Management Development program that is absolutely “on target” for our technical managers. Their facilitator has done a superb job delivering the material in a way that is fast paced, highly interactive, and fun. She presents practical solutions to the people situations that our managers face every day. I regard LSA as an excellent partner that understands our business needs and a virtual member of our HR department.

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Vice President Human Resources

LSA Global’s consultant brought a fresh perspective to our behavioral based interviewing strategy for two key executive positions we needed to fill, and their consultant helped us develop questions that produced a much deeper understanding of candidates’ capabilities. I am confident that the two new executives joining our organization have the right skills to add significant value. Throughout the process LSA was also very responsive in dealing with short lead time requests.

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