If you’ve ever hesitated about the merits of employee engagement, then don’t.
Recently, it took 6 hours of face time to save about $10 million for one organisation. That’s more a saving of $1.66million for every hour we engaged face-to-face.
Better still, the savings were developed from employees and not bosses. They don’t require job losses or restructures. The savings are about doing better and more productively, as well as using technology to update outdated processes.
Beyond the financial benefits, the employee engagement program yielded
- Teams of employees who publicly put their hands up for working groups
- An unprecedented commitment to working across silos
- A work program of immediate to long-term innovations
- A collaborative exploration of organisational problems
- A genuine understanding of other employees’ roles and challenges
- No need for executive teams to force innovation on employees because employees have already developed them.
And while this sounds like a utopian project, it’s not unusual.
Executed well, and by an independent party who doesn’t come with the biased thinking, we’ve found that employees are often more likely than executive teams to innovate.