At Hppy, we’ve had the chance, and the privilege really, to work with many different businesses and managers, to try to figure out what employee engagement meant for their company and how we can make it thrive. As our experience grew and we tested out different strategies, we came to the realization that something as simple as a conversation with other business owners can be that key first step into defining employee engagement for their teams and setting a proper strategy to help fuel it.
Defining employee engagement has always been somewhat of a struggle for HR managers and CEOs, so we decided to create a space for business owners to discuss the specifics of what an employee engagement strategy would look like, how it should be implemented and measured, and the results generated.
As a business owner who wants to learn more about employee engagement and how it would work for his teams, it’s extremely helpful to have a community around you that helps you plan, implement, review and adjust this strategy.
What are engagement roundtables?
To create and support such a community, we created a roundtable where managers and business owners could explore together with peers the concept of employee engagement and the different definitions that are being used by practitioners, discuss best practices in assessing engagement and jointly tackle different issues that they’ve faced along the way or questions that they might have.
One of the first goals in this roundtable is to discuss how you define engagement. Oftentimes, it’s reduced to a program, the same as any other HR program, and somehow it doesn’t seem to deliver the results intended. That’s because employee engagement is a pervasive concept that connects every aspect of your company, from business goals, to company culture, to HR processes and managerial directions. It’s the way you do things, but it’s also the way that people feel.
Through discussions with other business owners, you’ll learn to identify how this concept translates into your day-to-day operations, as you identify and capitalize on your current resources.
Our goal is to answer the most common questions associated with employee engagement, namely:
- How do you attract the right people?
- How do you improve your retention rate and reduce turnover?
- How does employee engagement translate into everyday decisions?
- What are you doing wrong and what can we do better?
- How do you ensure that your employees connect with your values?
- How can your company culture be improved to foster greater engagement?
- What’s the impact of an employee engagement strategy on your business goals and overall performance?
- How can you measure employee engagement?
- What are the next steps after you’ve implemented your strategy and measured its performance?
How does it work, exactly?
Our program will be moderated by an engagement specialist, that will assist participants in sharing their experience and their issues, and working together to design actionable strategies for each of their companies.
The group will be invited to generate new ideas, based on their individual experience. We’ll approach key subjects such as getting support and buy-in from your peers and other managers in the organization. In fact, the role that managers play in designing and implementing such a strategy is essential.
Measuring employee engagement is another key topic that we’ll discuss. What are the tools that you can use and what goals you should set in the first place. How will this program deliver results without impacting your budget? These are all key issues that we’ll discuss, as a community.
At the end of the initial 3 month program, you will walk out with an action plan and a clear idea of where you need to focus your efforts in order to get results.
Those that find the clinic valuable after 3 months can join a more permanent roundtable where members will constantly share good case practices and hold each other accountable in implementing the strategy they’ve set. Our engagement specialist will share resources and be actively involved in helping the community develop new strategies.
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