by Derek Irvine
The report is quite interesting. I particularly find it useful how it draws on both satisfaction and engagement measures, yet is careful to distinguish the two. They are very different, and SHRM acknowledges this in the report.
Of particular note are findings related to employee needs for connections with their colleagues and meaning in their work. Evren Esen, director of SHRM’s survey programs, comments on the research:
“Workers have shown an increased preference for understanding their role and how it aligns with the success of an organization. What’s important to employees now is a collaborative environment that encourages feedback and interaction among co-workers and between employees and their supervisors.”
These two points – connections and meaningful work – are the crux of our discussions at WorkHuman. Indeed, the relationships we build with others as we work together to deliver products and services of value and purpose are the heart of what defines humanity at work.
About Derek Irvine
The VP of Client Strategy and Consulting at Globoforce, Derek Irvine is one of the world’s foremost experts on employee recognition and engagement, helping business leaders set a higher vision and ambition for their organizations. As a renowned speaker and co-author of "The Power of Thanks" and "Winning with a Culture of Recognition," he teaches companies how to use recognition to proactively manage company culture. Derek holds a B.Comm and Masters of Business Studies from the Smurfit Graduate Business School at University College Dublin.