Employees are disengaged at work, and organizations have been exploring how social and digital technologies can address this problem. But Altimeter found that only 41% of organizations believe they take a strategic approach to employee engagement, while only 43% believe they have an organizational culture of trust and empowerment. Our research found that leading organizations with strong digital employee engagement take a page out of marketing’s deep expertise around digital customer engagement and apply it inside the organization by injecting marketing expertise, practices, and technologies into its practices. The end result: These organizations drive business impact and cultural change through their employees.
According to Gallup, employees are disengaged at work — worldwide, only 13% of employees are engaged. This is an astonishing number, and even more so because so many of the new technology offerings targeted to enterprises focuses on employee collaboration, engagement, and advocacy. For this reason, I wanted to research what the state of employee engagement was, especially in light of these digital advances. Has it made a difference? What impact has digital employee engagement had on businesses - if any?
The result is our latest publication, “Strengthening Employee Relationships in the Digital Era: How Digital Employee Engagement AdvocacyTransform Organizations”. Some of the key research findings include:
One of the biggest issues we encountered was simply defining employee engagement — the definition and hence the measure of engagement depended on where you sit in the organization. HR has a program to increase employee feedback, while Communications wants to make sure employees read the latest company news. Executives want to shake hands with employees in town hall meetings, while the Social team struggles to get them to participate on their enterprise social network. And Marketing is marching along with a social advocacy program to amplify the latest campaign — which runs afoul with security and compliance concerns in HR/IT/Legal. We found that there existed some type of friction or disconnect between these siloes in nearly every organization we interviewed, driven by the pursuit of these disparate goals.
To help align initiatives, we defined digital employee engagement into three areas: Internal Collaboration, Digital Empowerment, and Employee Advocacy.
We also developed three ways to drive a holistic, cohesive strategy across these three engagement areas. Very briefly, these pillars are the following:
But the most compelling finding of our research was the ability for employee engagement to drive transformational change at organizations. Our previous research on digital transformation and relationship economics highlighted the strategic importance of employees and the culture that they create.
One highlight was the need for CHROs and CMOs need to forge a tight bond for two reasons. Marketing needs the support of HR to activate employee engagement that results in delightful experiences for customers. At the same time, HR needs to take a page from Marketing’s playbook on how to use modern digital technologies to understand and engage with employees.
We also found that the proliferation of tools and the lack of integration make the selection and implementation of employee engagement platforms a particularly daunting problem, made worse by the fact that employee engagement technologies are bifurcated into internal- and external-facing platforms. We believe that an “Employee Engagement Cloud” will emerge, that ties together the many capabilities needed to deliver employee engagement at a truly enterprise level.
This report is just the beginning — we encourage you to connect with us and share your thoughts about the report, your challenges, and your best practices. We’re all still learning here, and I’m confident that as we share together, we’ll deepen our knowledge together.
And if your organization is in need of some help with your employee engagement strategy, please let us know. Altimeter can help in the following ways:
To learn more about Altimeter’s offerings, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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