Great organizations depend upon people: vibrant, productive people…. People who love their jobs. People who feel that their jobs provide them with a sense of opportunity, community and satisfaction.
Journyz from Zinda: Engaging your workforce to achieve greatness together – Every step of the way!
An organization should…
Think critically about the type of actions that would be necessary to set the organization a part, at the same time enabling both the company and employees to achieve success.
Choose actions that are transformative in nature and not just the daily keep-busy activities by employees and organizations. The actions of both an organization and employees set the tone for Engagement and they need to be intentional to progress the organization.
The first step in achieving this is to clearly articulate organizational goals. Company executives should paint a picture of the direction the company is headed and the activities it needs to do in order to achieve its goals.
#2 Organizations should be able to understand the passions and drive of their employees in order to best help the employees achieve their personal goals while advancing the company goals.
#3 Employees feel that they are working towards not only the company goals but also their own personal goals
This also contributes to high levels of motivation which is an important aspect of employee engagement.
Clarity of Expectations…
Enables employees to perform the activities that help them achieve their results
Is important to enabling employees to understand the job roles.
Without setting clear expectations, accountability is hard to achieve
Diversity entails components of race, gender, ethnic group, age, personality, cognitive style, tenure, organizational function, education, background and others.
Employees to feel valued and enables an organization to have access to larger pool of talent.
Employees are empowered to openly discuss their perspectives. A diverse ecosystem is an enabler both for the personal development of employees and creativity in the organization
Has elements of accountability, authority, skills, self-determination and information access. Therefore whereas majority of organizations believe that empowerment is about giving employees ability to make decisions, it is a much more involved concept that involves added dimensions that make it work even better.
Empowered Employees are likely to take part in a more active role in the success of a company, build products with goodness and motivation and they always seek to make the best out of every situation.
Empowerment plays a crucial role in employee engagement.
Employees do not always know the direction they are supposed to take. With guidance and understanding, there is a possibility of transforming ordinary employees into highly productive, motivated, and effective employees
At Journyz we built gamification to:
Be customizable that enables employee actions to be show-cased through company-wide leader- boards and notifications and this enables the programs to go viral.
Have reward redemption solutions and provide a seamless way to ensure employee actions are translated to tangible rewards.
Humans vs. Technology
It is inevitable to adopt new technologies that make work easier and enhance efficiency.
But, the human touch cannot be replaced by workplace technology. When these technologies are made and executed with the aim of improving human productivity while maintaining valuable human interaction, they are more effective.
The importance of inclusion
When people are able to freely interact, share ideas and collaborate with others without being left behind, the level of creativity and teamwork is expanded.
Helps with building an engaged workforce
When employees feel valued no matter their situation and contribution, they feel engaged and therefore push themselves to achieve even better results for themselves and the company.
Journey enables organizations to set up tangible goals that both individuals and teams can work upon. These goals should also be SMART goals: specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely. With these goals, they are able to deliver measurable outcomes across the workplace and communities. Therefore an organization as well as individuals are able to trace their journey, make corrective strategies and determine their future path
Keeping it real
Staying true to your beliefs and convictions is necessary for employee retention and longevity of a company.
Employee satisfaction is as a result of staying true to their own identity without the need to pretend to be someone else. When employees feel that they can be themselves and still be accepted in a company, they are more motivated. Furthermore, the ability to fundamentally disagree on concepts and ideas is an essential catalyst for long-term growth of a company. As long as disagreements are based on principle and ideas, it can be a great platform to test new ideas and ways of thinking which can bring forth revolutionary ideas for the company.
2. Increase the desire of employees to excel in their day to day activities because team members visualize their own
3. Enables instant feedback and corrective mechanism can be adopted within a short period of
4. Streamlines communication among individuals and team members since the data is available to all, a team member who has missed certain activities can easily track the activities and join the fun any time
Intrinsic motivation is internally personally rewarding and not influenced by external factors.
It is important to have a combination of both internal and external motivation factors in order to ensure company success in the long term. When majority of the employees are only motivated extrinsically, it means that there is low levels of engagement in the organization. Such employees can leave immediately they are offered better remuneration. Therefore it is important to cultivate intrinsic motivation among employees by creating a valuable work environment that is beneficial to both the organization and employees.
Networks foster a sense of:
Belonging, Unity, Cause, Accomplishments as a group, The ability to tackle large problems
Stronger networks are more powerful than weak networks because they create a sense of community. Employees who are a part of network are more motivated and seek to make sure their work has more impact and meaning.
Objectives, Outcomes, and Opportunities
Opportunities should be available for employees to engage on tier terms. This increases the reach of the initiatives in the employee community.
When employees have an idea of what success looks like, they are able to anticipate it and work to ensure they achieve it.
When employees feel that they are out on a mission, their work becomes more meaningful and it is easier for them to navigate the difficult moments in their career.It is therefore important for an organization to try and understand the purpose and personal missions of employees then they figure out how to help the employees achieve what they want within the organization.
Quiz on employee engagement
Q: How does an engaged employee behave?
A: they say great things about the company to their friends, family and in social media, they strive for the company as they believe that the purpose is aligned to their personal goals and therefore stay in the company even when there are better opportunities outside the company.
Studies have shown that employee engagement impacts productivity, profitability, lower costs, improves innovation, and reduces safety incidents. Furthermore, the earnings per share and customer satisfaction increase. This is because when employees are engaged they are motivated and say positive things about the company and this translates to better customer engagement. Employees are also full of energy and feel the need to go the extra mile as they feel that they are on a mission.
Successful organizations are the ones that are able to show employees the reason for company existence even beyond profitability. An organization that makes employees believe in the work they are doing as being part of longer-term mission, the employees work harder and ultimately enable an organization to achieve customer satisfaction and profitability. These are some of the benefits of having engaged employees.
Employee engagement surveys just give a snapshot of where the employees are at a certain time of the year. It is also a stoic representation of the health of the organization and is sorely in need of an overhaul.
Annual surveys are slowly becoming less useful and instead, they are being replaced by more holistic and integrated approaches of measuring employee engagement. In addition, the new methods are real-time and are more efficient in ensuring high levels of employee engagement throughout the year instead of only specific times in a year.
At Journyz, we believe that companies should focus on investing in real-time indicators of employee engagement and not just lagging indicators. It is, therefore, necessary to create a holistic and continuous business evaluation strategy. When employees over the work they do and the environment, they are more likely to feel engaged throughout the year. In addition, engagement should move from something done by management to the employees to something holistic that is intended to create an effective working culture.
Companies these days need to reinvent themselves over and over again to stay successful. The biggest drive for transformation is the ability to have employees aligned and engaged as part of the journey.
No matter what the industry, a company needs to cultivate a culture of transformation that allows employees to seek new ways of doing things and this has a big impact the future of a business. Transformation mindset has be incorporated company’s DNA.
Ubiquitous yet Unique
When engagement is made as part of side of desk activity, it is easy to overlook or de-prioritize. The key is to make it ubiquitous as part of employees daily actions and behaviors. To do this, an organization needs to create a culture that celebrates everyday activities done by employees.
This could be successful execution of small team activity, meetings, customer engagement and other aspects of company culture. The ability to track, recognize and reward employees for everyday activities is more important that just focusing on heroism in large activities. Everyday activities are the ones that ultimately build up to become successful long term strategies. The rewards need to be customized to meet the unique needs of employees.
Employee engagement is a big contributor to employee wellbeing. According to Gallup, the five essential elements of well being are:
Purpose entails liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals
Social is about having supportive relationships and love in your life.
Financial is about managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security.
Community is liking where you live, feeling safe, and having pride in your community
Physical is having good health and enough energy to get things done daily.
All these aspects affect employee wellbeing which in turn influences the level of engagement. It is, therefore, necessary for organizations to understand each of these aspects and the manner in which they relate to their employees.
X-roads of engagement
As an HR initiative:
As a grassroots initiative:
employee engagement is only successful if it is impactful to all employees regardless of their position in the company.engagement it has ability to take a viral attribute.
Companies, therefore, need to decentralize engagement in order to get maximum benefits from it. Each organization has different types and levels of employees. It is necessary to reach out to all employees in their own space and initiate a conversation that seeks to have a common ground for process of engagement.
Engaging millennials or generation Y employees is a big concern for companies today. Traditional engagement techniques are invalid because millennials adopt different characteristics such as digital savviness differences in expectation of themselves and company interest in gamification the desire to make an impact beyond themselves
Only 28% of current millennials feel engaged in the workplace and therefore need to therefore institute policies that work for this demographic. The importance of engaging this demographic is because they are increasingly entering the workplace and they have different beliefs than other older generations.
However, if their potential is well harnessed, it can lead to better outcomes for a company.
With Generation Z starting to enter the workforce. our approaches of engagement have to be broad enough to capture the various generations, yet narrow enough to engage each generation effectively. Journyz was founded in order to address the major issues in employee engagement that we have seen over the years. Timeliness, ease of use, relevance to employees, ability to learn and adapt involvement in initiatives close to employees’ passions, and the ability to reach employees where they are.
We are driven to create inspired and engaged communities in the workplace and beyond. Our goal is to transform organizations, one team at a time.