What does ‘Well-being’ and ‘Employee Engagement mean in the post-Coronavirus world?’

 

In the latest  of a series of articles, David Preston of Realise surveys the landscape.

 

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What does it mean?

The numbers of staff who have been furloughed across the meeting and events sector is frightening. Our industry – supporting almost 700 000 people – has been decimated. But if you are in that number, or were one of those having to implement that unpleasant decision, how was the experience for you?

Even before the full impact of Covid-19 was felt, a lack of employee recognition for their contributions was the single biggest factor for British people feeling disengaged at work. The results from employee engagement specialist Achievers make grim reading. More than a quarter (27%) of those feeling disengaged at work felt unrecognised for their efforts. Less than a third (30%) of workers felt they were recognised at least weekly, and less than half (49%) said they felt valued by their superiors. The Achievers survey also found that around one in five (19%) respondents said they planned to look for a new job this year.

“The global pandemic has caused a massive disruption throughout the jobs market,” said  Jon Maddison, MD of Achievers. “Employers are increasingly looking for ways to retain their best talent and keep them engaged. Organisations should consider an employee recognition programme to help align staff with organisational objectives and improve both retention and productivity.”

The Achievers survey looked at what factors might encourage people to change jobs. Top of the list was ‘improved work/life balance (28%)’ followed by ‘career advancement (26%).’ Only 13% mentioned a higher salary.

Clearly in these challenging times it’s vital to make staff and suppliers feel engaged. It’s not just a positive ethical choice; it also makes sound business sense. “The average cost of recruiting an employee is £2,000, rising to £6,000 for senior executives,” explained HR lecturer Jonathan Lord. ‘And with 20% of employees planning to look for a new job, it’s vital that organisations focus on employees and engagement even more.” He added, “the COVID-19 pandemic has enabled organisations to ‘trial’ working from home and this arrangement could be a good way of providing a ‘benefit’ for working for the organisation.”

The Achievers survey revealed 35% of employees said they felt very engaged at work and committed to their company for the long term. The figure needs to be higher, but that is a solid base on which to build. Our website offers some solutions.

When this is over, how you treated people when the pandemic hit will stay in people’s minds for a long time. Best to get it right.

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