Public sector turns around engagement, leaders in demand
Public sector gains in employee engagement and retention in recent years mean the private sector should look there for insight into what makes a great leader, says SHL national director Stephanie Christopher.
Engagement vital during upturn"As organisations get back on an even keel and the talent war re-surfaces, it will be important that their people are not only talented but engaged," Christopher says.
But the most common mistake she expects organisations to make is to assume that retention is a one-size-fits-all initiative. Management, she says, needs to understand each employee's drivers and motivators to guarantee engagement and productivity in 2010.
"Building engagement initiatives that are supported by strong leadership will ensure organisations are able to reap the benefits in the year ahead," she says.
Organisations should also capture employee performance data using objective tools such as occupational personality, motivation or ability questionnaires, to ensure the right staff are in the right roles.
But Christopher says that where gaps are identified, employers will need to act fast and be ruthless if they are to secure the cream of crop ahead of their competitors.
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