Local Firm Engages Maroon SHRM Students in Employee Engagement Practices
On October 22nd, two members of the Human Resources team at Enersys spoke with EKU’s Maroon SHRM chapter about employee engagement. Brittini Lambert, EnerSys HR Manager for Richmond and the Eastern Region, along with Nicole Taylor, Enersys HR Administrator and 2019 EKU Alumna, shared their professional expertise on what employee engagement means and how it can be improved in an organization.
To Enersys, employee engagement can be defined as the extent to which employees feel passionate about their jobs and are committed to their organization. They made the distinction that engagement is not satisfaction; engaged employees are willing to go above and beyond the minimum expectations of their job because they are motivated and committed. Engaged employees lead to improved productivity, which leads to increased profitability. After defining what engaged employees are and how they function within the organization, the Enersys HR team focused on strategies to increase employee engagement.
Brittini and Nicole focused on four pillars of improvement: investment, recognition, feedback, and culture. The first pillar of investment focuses on putting more investment in your employees through training programs, tuition reimbursement, growth opportunities, certification repayment, professional development, etc. The second pillar, recognition, relies on the idea that employees need to feel recognized and valued through attendance awards, company picnics, employee appreciation meals, holiday bonuses, and others. The third pillar of feedback encourages the organization to receive employee input through surveys, round table discussions, performance reviews, and questionnaires. The final pillar focuses on creating an engaged culture through MDI, managing for daily improvement processes and continuous feedback.
The Enersys HR Team concluded by stating that engaged employees are vital to the success of the organization. An engaged workforce is beneficial to both the employer and the employee so it is important for managers and the organization to utilize the four pillars in engaging their workforce.
Some ten students attended. In upcoming weeks the student organization plans a plant tour of Ale 8 One in Winchester and are looking forward to hearing from HR representatives from Gray Construction in Lexington.
Membership is open to any business student with an interest in people issues at work. For further information contact Professor Allen D. Engle, the SHRM Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Professor Allen D. Engle
Published on October 31, 2019