Providing a competitive set of employee benefits is one of the core ways to boost employee engagement and productivity. Businesses and HR should therefore regularly review the benefits they offer and ask staff whether these are the sort of benefits they wish to receive.
If they aren’t satisfied with what they are offered, this is likely to impact their motivation and consequently their productivity levels.
HR has a responsibility to work with senior management to ensure the nature of work the company offers is interesting and stimulating. For example, organisations could run indices looking at how much monotonous, repetitive work is involved in each role. Of course employees’ personal preferences regarding their day–to–day vary, but formally measuring what their roles consist of can be helpful in maintaining a balance of responsibilities. This enables organisations to build a workforce that is engaged and inspired. While looking after your current employees should always be a priority, organisations need to remember that this goes hand–in–hand with their external employer brand. The job market is becoming more and more transparent, as employee review sites such as Glassdoor are very popular among those weighing up their career options.
If employees feel dissatisfied at work, this is likely to negatively influence their experience and any reviews they leave, which could have a seriously detrimental impact on a firm’s ability to attract top talent.
Overall, I expect technology to play an increasingly important role in ensuring employees feel stimulated and happy at work. This extends beyond HR systems, communication tools, or internal systems, and touches every aspect of our roles. New tools are constantly being introduced to carry out routine tasks so that employees can focus their attention on completing more exciting work.