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Employee Engagement – Another HR Headache?
Created on 2016-12-08 20:00
Published on 2016-12-08 20:18
Pill or Key?
Would you rather take a pill or get the key to successful employee engagement?
Do you feel frustrated by the employee engagement programme in your organisation? Whether you are in public or private sector – are you one of those HR people who get angry and exasperated by it? Do you say to yourself: ‘Who on Earth Invented Employee Engagement’? Is this another HR headache?
Modernisation in organisations are taking place, some of it is a radical change. Employees feel a need to move away from bureaucratic, ‘command and control’ type of organisations to one where employees have flexibility and the psychological freedom to think and to have a choice in the way they want to do their job, take their breaks and vacations.
Traditional top-down command and control, bureaucratic models have produced disengaged employees, because employees are expected to produce effective results without the freedom to take decisions. They feel burdened with responsibility, without being given the requisite authority. Most of the time this results in frustration, annoyance, stress, job burnout, unhappiness and disengagement. This can lead to disaster.
Disengaged and disempowered employees have low morale, they are uninterested in their work and worse still they feel the organisation does not value them (Huq, 2015). Hence, it is not in the interest of the organisation to encourage these feelings, which result in low self-esteem, low self-efficacy and low self-confidence in their employees. Organisations need to act quickly before the habit of disengagement becomes embedded into the culture of the organisation.
Feel a headache rising? Don’t take the pill, get the key – empower your people.
For an insight into employee engagement and how you can create an employee empowerment culture:
· get the key
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Thank you for reading, until the next Huq Post …
© Dr Rozana Huq, December 2016.
Huq, Rozana A. (2015) The Psychology of Employee Empowerment. Concepts, Critical Themes and a Framework for Implementation. Routledge, UK.
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