“Employee engagement is more than just an initiative or program started by Human Resources,” said Dean Debnam, CEO of Workplace Options. “Keeping employees engaged should be a key component of every business strategy. An engaged staff is a productive, happy and profitable staff.”
- Fewer than half of IT employees (48 percent) trust their organization’s senior leaders. By contrast, three-quarters (76 percent) trust their immediate manager.
- Career development and training are the primary drivers of satisfaction and contribution for this group.
- But there’s a paradox: Despite lower engagement levels, IT employees are no more likely to jump ship than the North American workforce as a whole. More than half of the 11,000 respondents (56 percent) indicate they plan to “definitely” stay with their employer for the next 12 months. If this is true, many employers are facing a challenge dealing with embedded disengagement.
- IT employees who are considering a move are most likely to leave to pursue career advancement or more fulfilling work.
It is time for training and HR leaders to step up and be strategic members of the organization. With their help the people side of the business can play an effective role by ensuring the right people are in the right jobs and are getting the right training to become long-term assets. Onboarding is only a beginning. Engagement depends on the continuous development of talent.
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