Rightly, schools focus on the environment they provide for student learning and development. This endeavour, however, can overshadow the fact that they are also a work environment for staff – one which can promote or undermine staff engagement, wellbeing and performance.
Research institutes have an important role in our society. Breakthroughs in science, for example, have led to and will continue to lead to life-changing advances in technology and medicine. Our research shows that employees within research institutes are highly engaged and generally more satisfied with a wide range of HR and management practices compared with most University employees.
Many authors and consultants are promoting the concept of generational differences and the potential value to organisations if they undertake interventions targeting specific age groups and generational cohorts. We believe, however, there is more sizzle than substance in this topic.
Over the last few years, sessional academic staff (sometimes referred as casual academics) have become an increasingly significant proportion of the workforce in Australian universities. A recent study reported that sessional academics accounted for approximately 60% of the academic workforce in Australia.
At the 2014 Aged and Community Services NSW and ACT State Awards for Excellence, Voice Project was privileged to present The Royal Freemasons' Benevolent Institution (RBFI) with the Award for Exceptional Human Resource Management. All of the finalists demonstrated strong support for staff training and development to improve quality of care, and to improve promotion and retention of staff.
Recently Voice Project was engaged to deliver an employee engagement survey within an Australian university. The university had previously run their employee surveys internally but wanted to switch to Voice Project to take advantage of our extensive sector benchmarks.
A Voice Project colleague and I recently completed the Half Ironman triathlon at Port Macquarie (a full Ironman triathlon is 3.8km swim, 180km bike and 42.2km run, so we took the easy option and just did half those distances). This was Seb's first triathlon, and I've completed a handful of half and full Ironman events over the last 18 months.
All other things being equal, would you be more engaged working for an organisation that is performing well, or in an organisation that is underperforming?
When implementing Voice Project's employee engagement surveys we often get asked about the return on investment from higher employee engagement. So I've pulled together some of the stats from our research and research from others. Yes, this inevitably involves some maths.