Employee engagement is a top talent issue that is plaguing many organisations at the moment. But the once that are most complacent is the Higher Education Sector. According to a Deloitte report university employee engagement has benefits such as increased faculty retention and enhanced student attainment.
Source: Deloitte Report
The 3 lowest performing industries had an average of 57.9 % engaged employees. This is the percentage of hostile employees per industry:
- Healthcare 4.4%
- Education 4.3%
- Construction 1.2%
- Real Estate 1.6%
- Professional Services 1.7%
- Wholesale Trade 1.8%
Adrian Gostick and Bob Nelson, University Business, Employee Regulation Authorities give tips & tricks on how you can improve employee engagement:
- Most faculty move away from their homes and often uproot their families to take the university post. By sending them a simple gesture of appreciation, like flowers or a thank you note to their home could make a big difference by making your faculty member feel more involved with your organisation.
- Perform a routine task the employee dislikes.
- Acknowledge employees for their work daily or weekly as opportunities come by.
- Ask faculty or staff who receive an award to select two colleagues who helped them earn it. Acknowledge the efforts of those colleagues too.
- At department or faculty meetings, ask attendees to share one way they recognized someone in their department. Or select an individual in attendance and ask everyone else at the meeting to make one comment about why they like this individual or how this person has helped them in the past.
- The rules for employee engagement may differ from industry to industry, but they’re based on the same essential principles. By taking a look at the top industries in employee engagement, you’ll notice that they share a common strategy: valuing employees.
- It is important to connect employee experience to strategic business goals. Learn from Industry leaders who have put employee engagement on the forefront of their business.
Hear from the likes of:
- Amanda Vining – Head of Employee Experience – AURECON
- Casey Hotham – Head of Employee Experience – TELSTRA
- Jamie Finnegan – Head of Talent – FINDER
At the Maximising Employee Experience Conference, 16th & 17th April 2019, Sydney.