Employee Engagement in Canada

Employee engagement is confusing. A recent Aon Hewitt survey found that overall employee engagement has increased slightly in Canada. Interesting enough, the recent survey found that employees were slightly more satisfied with their pay, but slightly less satisfied with processes at their work.

Canadian HR Reporter interviewed Neil Crawford, one of the authors of this survey. Crawford sates:

“High employee engagement is strongly correlated with a range of productivity-related measures such as revenue per employee, absenteeism and turnover,” he said. “Highly engaged employees have slightly more than one-half of the absenteeism of disengaged employees. This translates into an average difference of about six days per employee per year. If the total annual employee cost is $40,000, the productivity savings for high engagement could be as high as $1,000 per employee, per year from absenteeism alone.”

I love the fact that we are seeing some hard metrics attached to traditionally “soft” measures life engagement. Studies like this will help all HR Professionals benchmark their organizations and create better arguments for implementing “soft” measures. We can’t settle for “just because…” arguments when we (HR) propose initiatives, and must be prepared to answer the inevitable ROI and “why” questions.

Check out the story on Canadian HR Reporter here.


About Tim Vanderpyl
I am a student of leadership and human resources, and I'm blogging to share some of my thoughts and ideas with readers. I'm a CHRP (Certified Human Resource Professional) at a large healthcare organization, a graduate of Regent University's Doctor of Strategic Leadership program, and lover of the life that God has gifted me with.

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