HR and its Role in Employee Engagement

HR and its Role in Employee Engagement

2018 was hailed by many HR managers the year of challenge. From absence management and retention to GDPR compliance all the indications are that these challenges will continue to affect businesses in 2019. With 2018 behind us, it’s now time to look ahead and predict the top challenge that the HR world is likely to face in 2019.


Employee engagement biggest challenge in 2019

In 2018 recruitment was ranked as the front runner in employee engagement.

The concept of Employee Engagement describes the relationship between an organisation and its employees. An engaged employee is an employee who is engrossed in and passionate about their work. As a result, they look to improve their company’s reputation by speaking highly of and supporting their company’s culture and values.

Why is employee engagement important?

With Brexit looming, employee engagement is essential now more than ever before. As we are entering into the unknown, firms have to create action plans that are changeable and flexible. No one knows yet what a post-Brexit world will look like, but we are confident that increased employee engagement could help to balance uncertainty and insecurity that Brexit entails.

How to improve employee engagement?

Organisations rely on employees’ commitment and energy as that’s what makes them thrive in today’s competitive market. Here are our top tips on how to boost employee engagement.

Flexible working. This will be a huge focus across HR industry for 2019 – firms who refuse to adapt to these shifting working patterns will struggle throughout 2019.

Inspire and educate. Ask yourself, how does your company inspire and educate people to remake the way your organisation thinks about, and engages people to achieve their purpose?

Employee Experience (EX). Finally, focus on EX and professional development to improve engagement. There is a clear relationship between Employee Experience and Customer Experience – if you want your workforce to stay within your business, you need to adjust to their needs, and view the whole process from their perspective. By implementing EX that views employment from employees’ perspective you will keep them engaged throughout their entire course of employment.


Businesses with high employee engagement are overtaking their competitors when it comes to productivity and profitability. Engaging employees is not an easy task and doesn’t happen overnight, however the benefits it brings are long-term. The question is, are you up for the challenge?

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