Revitalising South Africa's industry one person at a time
Engaged workers make for a very productive workforce, and a productive workforce makes for an even stronger company with higher growth prospects. With this principle in mind, The Human Resource Practice (THRP) developed a national employee engagement survey for South Africa (EESAŠ) in 2009 which has worked as a macro-economic barometer to gauge the national attitude around South African business. By quantifying this intangible sentiment, we have given South African employers a greater understanding of their employee's needs and how to help improve job performance and talent retention in this recessionary times.
Employee engagement is the emotional connection people place on their jobs and the organisational dimensions of work which result in improved performance, effort, commitment and intent on staying. Some traits which are encapsulated in employee engagement include personal resourcefulness, self awareness, relations with the supervisor and co-workers, energy/vigour and job satisfaction. If an employee does not feel engaged by their company, colleagues or immediate superiors then their performance will be lacklustre, which means less initiative and productivity.
Other companies may use cultural or climate surveys to try ascertain the working sentiment of an organisation, but where the EESAŠ goes above and beyond other surveys is its full incorporation of personal factors AND larger issues such as corporate identity. By allowing for a greater consideration for individual sentiment, the EESAŠ allows for over 80 measures of personal experiences and engagement in the work place. By focusing on this quasi-qualitative approach, EESAŠ allows for greater understanding of South Africa's job place dynamics, because only the truly engaged will help give companies that extra boost needed in these trying times.
Instead of attempting to boost organisational identity and connectedness in different ways, companies should focus on creating conditions for employees to take on more meaningful work and exercise personal resourcefulness. This push by the individual will stimulate greater personal effort and superior performance all around.
If you want to get the most out of your employees, let THRP's EESAŠ 2012 be the starting point for your company's growth into the future. Let us help map out your company's development.
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