1. Talent management
As the government is being implored by businesses to develop a wider skills policy that embeds lifelong learning to avoid future skills shortages, Rishi Sunak has discussed the potential of making maths compulsory beyond 16, until the age of 18. This is in line with business leaders calling for the education system to embrace and cultivate a system of lifelong learning to boost skillsets.
Learning and development is a key part of a total reward strategy. Individuals expect this investment in their future, through further training opportunities being offered to them as part of their career progression. Leadership skills are under scrutiny after a series of CEO scandals, raising the question of whether people, with the support of organisations, are identifying the correct training they require for the long-term. Leadership skills must be fostered from the outset of careers, while many are promoted through organisations based on merit and proficiency in their immediate roles. They may be technically excellent at their role, but this does not automatically translate to the skillsets required by managers.
2. Actively listen to employees
Personnel Today has reported that almost one fifth of UK workers, around 5.5 million people, feel undervalued at work. In order for people to feel like they are understood in their role, employee opinion surveys are a great way to actively listen to employees to ensure their needs and priorities are being met at work. Greater analysis of exit interviews can also surface useful insights to act upon if a leaver identifies a current issue.
By establishing a feedback loop and communicating any actions the organisation has taken as a result of their employees’ views, this builds a strong culture throughout the business. Following up with employees through a strong communications plan to share the insights and correlating action shows that the company is committed to learning from its employees about what best practice looks like to them, driving employee engagement.
3. A strong employee value proposition
Positive workplaces that enable their employees to thrive can drive down employee turnover, creating places that people want to join and stay. Whether people are proud of the difference their employer is making when it comes to their diversity, equity and inclusion record, or the role they are playing in minimising their environmental impact, employees who take pride in their employer’s mission and purpose buy-in to the employee value proposition.
Defined by the CIPD as ‘a set of attributes, often intangible, that make an organisation distinctive, promise a particular employment experience and appeal to people who thrive in its culture,’ employee value propositions can drive employee engagement. Those who articulate theirs and get employees to want to be part of their purpose can overcome the recruitment and retention challenges they face.