On Thursday 17th June 2010, Bond Williams held a seminar event for local HR professionals at the Carlton Hotel in East Cliff, Bournemouth. The event was focused around employee engagement strategies and how these can benefit businesses and their bottom lines.
Some of the key themes within the event centred on the fact that employers want to hire and retain individuals who always work to the best of their ability and who always go that ‘extra mile’. The majority of employees genuinely want to do a good job and like to feel that they have contributed to something worthwhile and that their efforts are recognised and appreciated.
Organisations often spend a lot of time and effort on employee performance issues and expensive incentive and reward schemes, which could potentially be the wrong things to focus on. Getting your basic management practices right will result in a workforce that is engaged and aligned with the business- and that will really benefit the bottom line.
The vast majority of employees are ‘unengaged’ and worryingly still, a small percentage are ‘actively disengaged’ (i.e. always negative of the company, its management and goals). These ‘actively disengaged’ employees can easily influence the ‘unengaged’ staff which can be highly destructive to a business.
Statistics show (Gallup poll) between 80-87% of most company’s staff fall into the ‘unengaged’ category and a small proportion of these are ‘actively disengaged’. Only around 13-19% of employees are engaged and 100% committed to their roles.
Bond Williams appointed Jane Coshan, MD of Connect HR to present the event. She guided the seminar on how you can improve your business through employee engagement and ensuring that you have the right management in place.
The seminar included talks on an introduction to employee engagement, a presentation on Connect HR’s Engagement survey and an address by guest speaker, Paul Burton from Frettens Solicitors who delivered a talk updating employment law including the new fit notes, paternity and equality.
The seminar hosted by Bond Williams was a great success, with over 40 people attending culminating in some very positive feedback being provided by the delegates.
Local companies interested in having their employee’s engagement scores analysed should contact Connect HR who can arrange for a demonstration of how the tool works and get an understanding of the benefits to organisations bottom lines. [END]
About Bond Williams
Bond Williams Professional Recruitment is an independent agency specialising in placing professional, high-calibre, permanent, contract and temporary staff within quality companies in the Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch areas. Working with a fantastic team of consultants, they deliver maximum professionalism with minimum delay across the following specialist sectors: “HR, Office & Commercial”, “Accountancy & Finance” and “IT & Telecoms”.
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