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Date posted: 13th August 2020

13th August 2020

Steps to building a human workplace

Steps to building a human workplace

Improving employee performance and engagement can be a daunting task. As new information on how to keep employees happy seems to surface weekly, it can be hard to decide on a key employee strategy.

Brian Gallagher hopes to bring clarity to this issue by suggesting that organisations should focus on building a human workplace.

From the Article:

Business owners and human resources departments continually look for ways to increase employee engagement and reduce turnover at their companies. As with anything, there is no silver bullet, but the benefits of employee engagement have proven to be a worthy pursuit.

Although sometimes it is difficult to tie a qualitative metric to a quantitative outcome, the cost of the disengaged employee has been well documented. According to the 2018 “State of the American Workplace” report by Gallup, only 34% of employees are engaged, and “compared with business units in the bottom quartile, those in the top quartile of engagement realize substantially better customer engagement, higher productivity, better retention, fewer accidents and 21% higher profitability. Engaged workers also report better health outcomes.”

Based on my perspective, these figures indicate one overarching point: Personal life is important to an engaged employee, and an engaged employee is important to a company. So recognizing the personal life of an employee is critical to a company. Another way I like to put it is that an employee needs to feel like a human and not a number. So how do we foster this sense of belonging, individuality and human recognition?

You can read the article in full online: How To Build A Human Workplace

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