AON survey indicates success
“Across the globe, employee engagement is trending up. A quarter of all employees fall into the ‘highly engaged’ category and another 40 per cent are ‘moderately engaged’," the report says.
The AON survey asks whether employees will “stay” at their organisation for a long time, “say” positive things about it, and “strive” to give their best efforts to help the organisation succeed.
Globally, and in the Asia Pacific region, 69 per cent of employees would “say” nice things about their company, and 60 per cent of employees planned to “stay” in their jobs.
The Asia Pacific region has a greater number of employees willing to “strive” for success – at 66 per cent (the global average is 64 per cent, up from 61 per cent a year earlier).
In the earlier 2015 survey, in the Asia Pacific, fewer (66 per cent) of employees would speak positively of their workplace. Only 58 per cent planned to stay, and 61 per cent would strive to do well.
The survey measures six engagement drivers including company practices (for example, diversity and inclusion, existing staff talent, communication, and enabling infrastructure); brand (reputation, corporate responsibility); performance (which covers learning and development, feedback, rewards and recognition); leadership; and the actual work tasks.
The final driver, which Aon Hewitt calls “the basics”, factors in job security, safety and work environment.
“The improvement in employee engagement across Asia is a tremendous sign,” comments Aon Hewitt's Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa executive sponsor of employee engagement Stephen Hickey.
“Asian organisations need to have a highly engaged and productive workforce to tap into the growth opportunities that exist. With a projected regional growth rate of 5 per cent a year through 2020, organisations need employees who are strong brand advocates, committed to the organisation and willing to exert maximum effort."
That kind of psychological investment by employees only comes about through corporate investment in their wellbeing. Welcome to a virtuous circle which recognises employee motivation as the ultimate driver of profit.