While surveys and annual reviews remain the most popular method of gaining employee insight, many organizations have started to diversify their approach to employee engagement through focus groups or social media.
Speaking at October's HR World Tech Conference in Paris, Oliver Luscombe, head of talent acquisition for RMS, spoke of the need — and increased ability — to better understand the talent of today's workforce. Employee engagement starts with the hiring process and it is not just about getting to know your candidate but also about them really understanding your organization.
“There needs to be open and frank conversations so candidates understand your warts as well as your beauty spots” said Luscombe.
However employee engagement shouldn’t stop there. A consistent commitment to employees should be reflected in organizational policy and employees should have the opportunity to be involved in decision-making.
Emma Smith is a research and reporting professional based in Barcelona, Spain. Originally from Glasgow where she received her B.A. in journalism at Glasgow Caledonian University, Emma also has a master's in media and international conflict from the University College of Dublin. She has experience producing analytical case studies for advocacy initiatives on the issue of child rights in overseas development aid.
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