The company is a whitecollar, service company in the telecommunications industry. It has over 3,000 employees in main corporate offices and in small, outlying sales offices. It has been aggressive in adopting new technology and has tried to be progressive in how it treats its employees. Prior to conducting an employee survey, employees struggled with uncertainty caused by corporate mergers and acquisitions which lead to decreased levels of employee commitment. For this project, some employee surveys were administered via paper while most were administered via the Internet. Results were reported at the company, departmental, and work team levels. Based on the analyses of the employee survey results, work teams implemented improvement projects that produced measurable increases in employee commitment within only 3 months.
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Which factors in the workplace influence commitment?
This is what our employee survey research found:
Employees who like their jobs are more committed to the company. Are your employees enthusiastic to come to work each day? Is their work satisfying?
- Identify the factors that satisfy employees. (What do they like about their jobs and the company?)
- Identify factors that are a source of dissatisfaction.
The more that employees believe an organization will meet their long-term needs and goals, the more committed they are. How do employees see their future with your company?
- Is your recognition program meaningful to employees? Our data suggest that few recognition programs are effective. Some even decrease morale and increase turnover!
- Establish clear career paths.
- Establish mentors to advise employees about career management inside the organization.
- Identify development projects that would be interesting to experienced employees and beneficial to the company.
- Identify other benefits and “perks” that can be used to reward good performance.
Consistency of Values and Behaviors
Employee survey data has shown organizations who “walk their talk” benefit from employees who are more committed.
- The company demands cost cutting, while it sends executives on expensive trips.
- The organization claims to be “family-friendly,” then regularly demands overtime on nights and weekends.
- Conversely, an organization may express the importance of “giving to the community” and then senior managers work shoulder-to-shoulder with employees in a Habitat for Humanity project.
Employees notice and it matters.
- Make sure your organization’s values are clear, communicated, and practiced. Employee surveys have shown that frequently, value statements are posted, then ignored. Clear values help establish teamwork, cooperation, and standards of behavior within an organization.
- Examine the consistency of your actions, policies, and procedures with those values.
Manager Work Standard
Managers who have high work standards engender higher commitment in their employees.
- Make sure your organization encourages high work standards.
- Make sure your organization actually supports those high work standards. This may seem redundant, but some organizations expect high quality work, but then don’t give workteams the equipment or time it takes to do a good job. When production gets behind, quality is a secondary consideration.
- Establish communication between customers who use your product (or service) and those that create it. Employees start to see customers as real people who are personally affected by the quality of their product or service. Work quality becomes personal, rather than just a mathematical exercise.
Trap: Job Security
The previous four factors significantly affect commitment. However, they can be negated by low job security. A work environment that would otherwise foster commitment, can be hobbled by imminent or regular layoffs.
Our employee survey white papers illuminate the important qualities of successful organizations, but an employee survey is the only way to accurately identify the specific issues unique to your organization. An employee survey will identify the improvement projects required to create and maintain a competitive edge.