This article first appeared on Acorn Labs in March 2021.

Engaged workers are 21% more profitable, 41% less likely to take sick days and 59 times more likely to stay in a job than a dissatisfied worker. Getting them to be and stay engaged in their work starts with engaging them in employee training — but engagement is easily lusted after and stubbornly hard to attain.

Let’s break it down. What are the parts that equate to a sum total of learner engagement? It’s a triple threat of mind, body and soul, so to speak:


This article first appeared on Acorn Labs in February 2021.

The only constant is change, and the real clincher of that cliché is that it’s more true than ever in the workforce. Where once baby boomers ruled the roost, millennials and Gen Z will soon dominate the working world population. The multigenerational workforce has arisen — and it poses some problems in the workplace.

What works for a generation driven by financial stability will differ starkly from those employees who believe their employer should be offering as much for them as they can offer their employer. How can one design…


This article first appeared on Acorn Labs in late 2020.

More and more, HR professionals are recognising that the employee experience is pivotal to the continued success of their companies. Being able to offer a flexible working culture that regularly provides challenges and guidance is essential not only in attracting new employees, but in retaining and engaging your existing ones.

It’s clear that HR teams now recognise the importance of taking a holistic approach to investing in their employees. But what is the employee experience in 2020, and how can it improve staff engagement at your company?

Here, we’ll walk…


This article first appeared on Acorn Labs in late 2020.

Everyone has off days, but when your employees are actively checked out day in, day out, you run into problems.

It’s crucial, then, to understand what motivates your people and how you can effectively attract, train and retain your staff. Employee engagement requires a thoughtful strategy and buy-in from all levels of your organisation. The end result? Higher profitability, productivity and retention rates for you, and a feeling of inclusion, value and purpose for your employees. Everyone wins.

We’ll walk you through the steps to achieving high employee engagement, including…


The article first appeared on Acorn Labs in late 2020.

It’s now common knowledge among leading HR professionals that optimising the employee experience is crucial for ensuring your workforce remains happy and motivated. In turn, you’ll finally lay your hands on the golden goose of human resources: employee engagement.

In this guide, we’ll take you through some of the key concepts underpinning the notion of employee engagement, explain why it matters to your organisation, and will provide practical advice on how you can establish a culture of commitment through a league of engaged employees at your workplace.

What is employee engagement?

Let us not…


This article first appeared on Acorn Labs in late 2020.

It’s all too easy to disengage from work these days. You can scroll Instagram. Gossip with your team. Scroll Instagram to avoid hearing your team gossip. Watch the clock until 5pm on the dot, when you’re straight out the door.

A massive 70% of employees don’t feel engaged in their workplace. Gallup has found as few as 15% are truly, completely, highly engaged in their work. That’s irrespective of organisation size, industry, culture, and location (so even those who are working from home aren’t necessarily all that more satisfied, despite…


This article first appeared on Acorn Labs in late 2020

A group of business people sit around, satisified with their employment. How? They followed Acorn Labs extensive of guide on measuring and improving employee satsifaction.
A group of business people sit around, satisified with their employment. How? They followed Acorn Labs extensive of guide on measuring and improving employee satsifaction.

Gone are the days when many people would take a job just to pay the bills. By and large, the happiest and most productive employees tend to be those who take pride in their work and are motivated by their organisation’s goals and mission. They’re also the ones most likely to stick around when the going gets tough, and they’ll act as free advertising for your organisation. …


This article first appeared on Acorn Labs in late 2020.

Two HR rep hands wave about in front of a computer as they try to determine what to do and what not do in regard to employee engagement.
Two HR rep hands wave about in front of a computer as they try to determine what to do and what not do in regard to employee engagement.

Many things are easy to quantify in the workplace. The number of times you can get up from your desk and chat to your work spouse? As many as it takes for your manager to tell you to get back to work. How many coffees you’ll need to get through back-to-back afternoon meetings? The limit does not exist. Employee engagement? A less tangible concept to measure.

Every company is unique. Each employee within a company is distinct, too. How you engage your employees will look different across teams, departments, and…


This article first appeared on Acorn Labs in 2020.

Managers are usually the ones bringing about change in an organisation, thanks to their direct impact on day-to-day operations, office culture, staff performance, and employee engagement.

Engaged employees are enthusiastic brand advocates. The disengaged are indifferent to the impact their work has on their organisation’s performance―and largely influenced by the environment their managers are creating. In fact, Gallup estimates managers account for at least a 70% variance in employee engagement. If disengaged employees are a symptom of disengaged leaders, how do you motivate your managers?

Here, we’ll take you through what…


This article first appeared on Acorn Labs late 2020.

In this modern era, employees are looking for an engaging work environment as much as employers are looking for engaged employees. It’s not enough to just keep them happy; employees can be happy or satisfied with their pay, workload or hours, but not actually engaged with their jobs.

In fact, studies have found job satisfaction is directly related to the contractual details of an employee’s role (pay, benefits, job security), whereas engagement levels are largely influenced by day-to-day experiences such as trust, recognition, communication between employees and management, and work assignments…

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