Employee engagement in tough times

Kwench | Rewards and Recognition

Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm. —Publilius Syrus

The markets are going through a funk. The data in the reports from the central bank is depressing. The currency markets are more volatile than companies have stomach for. The markets seem to move only in one direction – down! Times are tough. Costs need to be pared. But before you reach for the good old financial-machete and start slashing ‘non-essential expenditure’ – take a moment and think. Do your employee engagement programs constitute essential or ‘good-to-have’ expenditure?

Let me put it this way, if getting the work done, surviving the market conditions and meeting your targets is ‘good-to-have’, then so is employee engagement. If you feel that your top-line and bottom-line targets are non-negotiable, then you better invest in your employees more than ever.

The excel sheets might tell you that a salary freeze, with a reduced…

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