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.
Communication within an organisation includes both the leadership team feeding information out to front line staff, and ideas and feedback being fed back from the ground level. Studies looking at joint decision making in Australian organisations suggest that this two-way communication is currently pretty poor, and is resulting in a lot of lost potential in terms of efficiency and innovation.
Regardless of generational cohort or tenure, career opportunity within organisations has traditionally had a significant impact on employee engagement and retention. One of the primary reasons why people leave companies is lack of personal growth, job challenges and opportunity for career progression.
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.
Interrelate is a not-for-profit organisation with over 280 employees across New South Wales. With almost 90 years of operation, Interrelate specialises in improving relationships through a number of counselling and support services for families, individuals and young people.
What drives employees’ perceptions of change?
Conventional thinking assumes that “people resist change”, but that idea limits our approach when leading change as it overlooks what encourages people to embrace change.