12 October 2015
Employee engagement is undoubtedly a buzzword of the 21st Century, and something that many organisations are craving, but what is it exactly? It is often used to define the willingness to invest in discretionary effort and as a means to sell a company to potential new recruits, but at WYG we take employee engagement more seriously. We want to thrive and therefore believe that engaged employees:
Not only does an engaged workforce result in a more profitable and efficient business, taking care of our employees and nurturing talent is simply the right thing to do.
Listen & Act
Each year, like many businesses, we carry out an employee survey. The results are of great importance and give us two opportunities; the first, an opportunity to listen and act on direct feedback to make improvements; the second, to start a conversation that focuses on how we make WYG a great place to work. For me, the real value comes from the conversations that take place after an employee survey and when its results are communicated.
It is said that people leave managers not organisations, so by taking the time to talk openly and honestly with a team after the survey, managers will start to understand the real issues and be able to lead the changes that directly improve the working life of an individual. There is a place for high level corporate changes and these are agreed and made too, but it is the local changes that I believe help you walk to work with a spring in your step.
WYG is at an interesting juncture. Post Strategic Review, we have confirmed our independence as a professional services consultancy. Our growth continues at pace and our people are more optimistic about the future. At the same time, wide spread market improvements and intense competition inevitably means better job prospects for our employees and the risk of increased employee churn rate looms darkly overhead. There is no quick fix for this. The only way we can differentiate ourselves as an employer of choice is to ensure we bridge the gap between the organisational benefits and those for the employee by providing open and honest communication, purpose and meaning, recognition, learning and development, and wellbeing.
Creative Minds Safe Hands
Our strap line of ‘creative minds safe hands’ perfectly encapsulates WYG’s culture. We are comprised of highly skilled technical professionals, meticulous project managers and creative visionaries. These different approaches, working hand-in-hand, lead to utter brilliance - it is inspiring to watch. With this in mind it makes sense to support our experts in agreeing what would really make a positive difference to them and then helping to make it happen rather than agreeing a ‘one size fits all’ engagement approach.
Working at WYG gives people the opportunity to be more than they thought they could be, to push themselves and their experience to deliver at a higher level.
We are growing, succeeding and people's ideas and opinions count here. Are we a great place to work with a fully engaged workforce? Well, we are on our way that’s for sure.
Find out about Lynda Thwaite and her role as Marketing Communications and Engagement Director at WYG. Watch the video below: