Monthly Focus on Employee Engagement and Employee Communications

At BigPicture Learning, we’re passionate about employee engagement and communication in the workplace, and keep an eager eye on news, current thinking, and future developments that affect the way we all work.

We’ve condensed the most provocative, insightful and interesting news and blogs that we’ve read from the past month into this article. You can read:

  • Why UK employees are turning their backs on corporate events and incentives centred around alcohol, and why many would consider rejecting a job offer from an organisation with a ‘boozy reputation’. Two-thirds of employees want their employer to promote health and wellbeing incentives, though a quarter feel pressured to drinking alcohol when they attend work events.
  • That, with more than nine in 10 UK adults experiencing work-related stress, health and wellbeing at work matters because it affects the bottom line. Traditionally, organisations have dealt with stressed employees reactively. More are now understanding that a proactive approach of implementing a wellbeing programme is more effective.
  • That the key to employee engagement is improving the employee experience. If an employer delivers meaningful moments, and lives up to the employee’s expectations, with a positive culture that supports vision and purpose, they will benefit from the ‘Disney Paradox’ – special moments that drown out the mundane.
  • While research has shown that financial wellness initiatives and flexible pay options enhance productivity and retention, almost two-thirds of British businesses are hesitant to enhance their employees’ financial wellbeing and change pay structures, though 98% say that their employees’ financial wellbeing impacts their business.
  • How HR professionals expect employee feedback and experience to grow in importance for UK companies. More than three quarters of those asked said that these elements will become even more important over the next three years. However, progress is unlikely to be smooth.

We hope they help to inform and inspire, and perhaps provide discussion ideas for your next team huddle. If there’s anything we’ve missed or a topic you’d like us to tackle for you, please get in touch.


UK workers set to call time on ‘boozy’ British workplaces

A report compiled by Totaljobs concludes that almost half of UK workers suggest there should be fewer professional events and incentives centred around alcohol, and two-fifths going so far as to consider rejecting a job offer from an employer with a boozy reputation. Most teetotallers believe they have missed out on professional opportunities because they avoid alcohol. (Read more)


All work and no wellbeing?

Health and wellbeing at work matter; not simply because taking care of employees is the right thing to do, but because it boosts the bottom line. 91% of UK adults experience work-related stress (Perkbox 2018). UK employees lose nearly 14% of working hours to absence and presenteeism (Vitality 2018), translating into around 36 days of productive time per person annually. Fortunately, more employers and HR professionals are switching on to the health and financial benefits of wellbeing in the workplace, as opposed to prioritising increased working time. (Read more)


Is employee experience the key to employee engagement?

Engaged employees tend to be those who love their work. They have a great employee experience that makes them look forward to each day. If you create a great employee experience, you should be able to improve engagement. To do this, it is crucial that you understand the nature of experience. You need to understand the Disney Paradox. (Read more)


64% of UK businesses are unwilling to meet the rising demand for flexible pay

Research supports that financial wellness initiatives and flexible pay options have a positive effect on employee productivity and retention. These programmes are gaining traction, yet 64% of British are yet to make any significant changes. Employers understand and see the need to offer non-traditional payment options and other forms of support, but they are struggling with how to move forward or determine that pay and personal finance are too risky to meddle with. (Read more)


Employee feedback and experience is set to grow in importance, say UK HR professionals

Research has found that collecting employee feedback and understanding the employee experience is growing in importance for UK companies. More than three quarters of UK HR professionals said they expect this to become even more important to their organisation within the next three years. However, progress is being held back by competing priorities and a lack of readiness to change how HR teams collect and act on employee insights. (Read more)

 We hope you find these stories informative, and please feel free to share this article with your colleagues and wider network. Once again, if there’s anything we’ve missed or a topic you’d like us to include in future digests, please get in touch.

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