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Wait…What?!?!? Employee Engagement Programs Don’t Work?

Posted on: October 29th, 2014 | Category: Employee Relations, HR Training Programs, Human Resources, MODERN EMPLOYER, Our Blog, Talent Management

(And why does that matter to your performance management efforts anyway?)

performance management  employee engagement myHR Partner workshopsHold on a minute! What is up with this Harvard Business Review blog post? It cites research that suggests that sometimes the most engaged employees in your organization are your worst performers. And some of the least engaged are your highest performers. That flies in the face of other studies out there that say the complete opposite, including this one by Gallup.

So what’s the deal, HBR? Per the blog post, the study (that looked at engagement survey and performance appraisal data for 207 organizations) reported that in 42% of high performers were less engaged than low performers. While on the surface this might not seem like much to worry about, the blog goes on to caution:

“We had seen plenty of cases where managers avoid dealing with low performers (because they believe the conversation will be difficult), and instead assign work to the employees they enjoy—i.e. high performers…as a result, they end up ‘burning out’ those same high performers they enjoy so much.”

That is a big deal. But does it mean that employee engagement is not worth the effort?

“Absolutely not,” says Tina Hamilton, PHR, myHR Partner’s president. “It does mean that choosing the right type of employee engagement programs and having a reliable means of tracking their effectiveness is essential. You also can’t skimp on monitoring performance no matter what you think of your programs. If you are not doing these things, you could very well be throwing money and talent away.


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Thursday, November 6, 2014, 8:00am to 11:00am

iStock_000015932845SmallWe believe in making managing difficult employees as painless as possible, and in keeping great employees motivated and engaged. That’s why we know performance management is a year round event, and in this workshop we will teach you modern methods to making the process flow easier and naturally. We offer very modern techniques, but if we filled you in here, we would ruin the surprises! This is by far our most popular class, so sign up today!

This 3-hour morning session includes great takeaway tools:

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This workshop is being offered to the public on Thursday, November 6, 2014, from 8:00 to 11:00 am in our brand new training facility in Allentown, PA. For organizations interested, we can also take this workshop on the road directly to your location, and customize it to fit your needs. Contact us for more details!

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About Our 2014 Fall Training Series

myHR Partner has created this public workshop training series for employers and managers who want to maximize employee performance and productivity using progressive strategies that actually work! Each session is informative, practical and fun, and you’ll leave ready to start making meaningful changes with immediate impact. Learn how even simple process changes can yield big results.

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