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Employee Engagement ‘Rule’ 4: Help them thrive

Jul 16, 2015

Work conditions and policies can’t help but affect people’s health. Getting them right, and with the right intent, doesn’t just reduce costs; it invigorates the employees and the business.

BI WORLDWIDE Canada describes employee engagement as an equal balance between the investment employers need to make in their employees, and the intensity in which employees perform their jobs.

As a way to look at engagement in the workforce, practice leaders at BI WORLDWIDE have fielded research, identifying the New Rules of Engagement℠.

What are the New Rules of Engagement?

The New Rules of Engagement are, put simply, a diagnostic tool. They act as levers to help managers with improving the commitment and performance of their employees and give managers the ability to look at employee engagement in a different way, conducive to the conditions of today’s dynamic workforce.

The first four of the 12 Rules of Engagement are used for forming a foundation and building employee commitment and a culture of performance.

In the last post of this series, we talked about the third part in building this foundation of employee commitment and a culture of performance with Rule 3: Make money a non-issue. If you haven’t already, check it out here.

What is the 4th and final step in creating a foundation for improvement in commitment and performance among employees?

 Help them thrive


Work conditions and policies can’t help but affect people’s health. Getting them right, and with the right intent, doesn’t just reduce costs; it invigorates the employees and the business.

Employees take care of their own health. They’re adults. It is a fact however that work is not “just work”, and people are constantly connected whether they’re in the office, at home, or somewhere else entirely.  

Employers have the opportunity to ensure their employees are thriving in the environment (as a whole) at work.  If people aren’t in an environment where they can thrive at work, the alternative could end up being working in an environment that depletes their overall wellbeing, and ultimately the performance of the company. This is something to strive towards avoiding.     

So, how can I, as a manager, help employees ‘thrive’?

In order to thrive, people need to feel that:

  • My job allows me to balance priorities at work and in my personal life.
  • My family and friends do not worry about my stress at work.
  • I do not have too much work at my job to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Where does Canada fit in?

Data from a recent (2014) survey BI WORLDWIDE conducted shows that in Canada, ‘Help them thrive’ is ordered 8th most important in driving commitment among employees and the least important of the 12 rules in driving performance.

The majority of Canadian employees surveyed agree that their jobs allow them to balance priorities at work and in their personal lives.

The survey results also show almost half of the Canadian respondents ‘agree’ with the statements: “My family and friends do not worry about my stress at work” as well as “I do not have too much work at my job to maintain a healthy lifestyle”.

Overall, according to these results, Canada is faring well when it comes to creating an environment where employees are able to thrive.

 

The New Rules of Engagement are the subject of a book called Widgets: The 12 New Rules for Managing Your Employees As If They’re Real People, written by New York Times bestselling author, Rodd Wagner.                               

To learn more about how we can help your company with employee engagement or the New Rules of Engagement survey, we welcome you to get in touch at: canada@biworldwide.com.

If you are new to BI WORLDWIDE Canada’s perspective on employee engagement, check out our first post of this series here.