One of the very few reasons a company funds their HR department (subsequently employee engagement) is because they want their employees to be more productive, improve profitability, bring value back to the company, develop new skills, and advance within. If none of these things are happening, the company is losing. Not a few thousand dollars. We’re talkin’ layoffs. And let’s be real, employee engagement does not mean line-dancing.
Here’s someone we all can learn from: Google’s People Operations: Karen May, VP of Leadership and Talent. You can read a lot more about how she’s giving employee engagement a very important wake up call, but the takeaway is about fostering a learning environment that allows employees the ability to teach other employees “something they don’t know.” And what’s the best part? Any company can do it. “May’s advice? ‘Put the support structures in place to make it happen and then get out of the way.’”