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The n:gage August 2017 survey is live. We are gathering opinions from professionals in India Inc. on what they think is the Impact of Rewards and Recognition on Employee Engagement.

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Mapping the Employee Engagement Grid

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“Do you ever feel already buried deep
Six feet under, scream
But no one seems to hear a thing
Do you know that there’s still a chance for you
‘Cause there’s a spark in you
You just gotta ignite the light
And let it shine” – Firework, Katy Perry

 

In the previous post (Identifying Engaged Employees) we had taken a peek at the psychic and behavioral traits of an engaged employee. Now we go a step further and try to extend the same mapping logic to everyone and see what can we use to identify the degree of engagement across the workforce. This is obviously imperfect, after all engagement is a complex fluid phenomenon and can’t be boiled down to single digit values without being partially (or at times, completely) wrong. (After all employees aren’t products on an ecommerce website to be given star ratings on a scale of 1-5. You see how neatly I sneaked in an anti-bell curve appraisal comment there. More here)

At the same time, imperfect as it may be, it does give leaders some sense of what might be going on with their team members and helps them take action to intervene and fix the problem – useful when done in (near) real-time, and utterly useless when done as an annual exercise.

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Identifying Engaged Employees

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There are only three measurements that tell you nearly everything you need to know about your organization’s overall performance: employee engagement, customer satisfaction, and cash flow. – Jack Welch

Almost everyone is in a perpetual quest to identify ‘engaged’ employees. Leaders want them so they can deliver results, HR wants them so leaders can deliver results, Team managers want them on their teams so they can meet targets and leaders can deliver results, Team members want them because … you get the picture.

Surely these rare creatures walk among us. So how does one identify those employees who are truly engaged – separate the wheat from the chaff metaphorically speaking.

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n:gage: Interview with Indraneil Roy, Head Strategic Hiring, Wipro Technologies.

In the June issue of n:Gage leader speak, Indraneil Roy, Head Strategic Hiring at Wipro Technologies weighs in with his views on the challenges faced by organizations in attracting (and retaining) top talent. I posed a range of questions from the challenges he sees in the current environment of uncertainty faced by the IT industry to managing diversity at the workplace.

Here’s a teaser

…at the very beginning the leadership in Wipro build a vision for having an all inclusive organization as diverse organization had better productivity, better connect with stakeholders and innovated better. We went ahead and hired a female board member so that the commitment was clearly visible across the organization. Also the leadership was involved with ensuring business objectives are enabled with D&I and every Business Head would ensure there is adherence to this policy. In parallel an equitable cultural environment was created with leaders driving it personally in their business units.

You can read the good old PDF version here or read the digital magazine version (requires Flash installed on your browser) here

 

Employee Engagement: Focus on the right Symbiont.

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So f* off /
It’s so easy to fall into that hole /
And you’re the one who cast me in that role / (Social Parasite, Alice in Chains)

We often hear comparisons of organizations with organisms. In his book ‘The Living Company’, Arie De Gues compares companies to living organisms by arguing that just like them, companies learn, evolve and eventually cease to exist. The traditional view point of the contract between an employee and the organization/employer has been that of two principals who are inherently in conflict; but in order to maximize their self-interest they engage in co-operation with each other. Employee-employer relationships have come a long way from the Master-Slave days and so has the implicit contract between them.

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Where Appraisal meets Engagement…

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It’s that time of the year again! When the industry buzzword is “Appraisal” ….. at least for a few months.

For employees – commences the race to getting to the highest bonus bracket.

For managers, supervisors – dealing with the stress of negotiations, confrontations and potentially unwarranted employee pride

For HR – is the true test of their Performance Management strategy Continue reading “Where Appraisal meets Engagement…”

5 Employee Engagement tips from the Baahubali Saga

5 Employee Engagement tips from the Baahubali Saga

 

 

 

 

Baahubali 2: The Conclusion has been making waves at the box office. Everyone wanted to know why Kattappa killed Amarendra Baahubali. A story of intrigue, ambition, greed, love, loyalty and everything in between.

Like all good stories, there are nuggets of wisdom embedded in there that leaders can put to good use. So here are five employee engagement tips from the story. (Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t seen the movie, and are planning on seeing it, you might want to skip this post for now and come back later once you have seen the visual treat) Continue reading “5 Employee Engagement tips from the Baahubali Saga”