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Employee Involvement: The Key to Building a Profitable Workforce

Looking for any meaningful employment is time consuming, frustrating and emotionally draining. Finding that job to suit your interests, capabilities, aims and desires requires a lot of commitment. As a humans, it is obligatory for us to find the work of our hands so as to be productive and impact the environment in which we find ourselves positively.

Due to this fact, employers in our world today, in Africa to be precise, have grown to become high and mighty. This is because, since time immemorial, job seekers and employees have contorted to, bent over and stretched themselves thin to get a job and sustain jobs respectively.

 

This is understandable because, growing up we have been taught that employers have our source of livelihoods in their hands. They have the power of giving you employment in order for you to be able to put food on the table. And also, so that you can afford the basic necessities of life. There are a lot more reasons but these two are the most common. As such, the relationship between job seekers, employees and employers have become very strained although in recent years, it’s been noted that mutual relationship between staff and heads of every organization is a decisive factor in productivity.

In the 20th century, the workforce was ruled in a more human related pattern but since major technological innovations, our current generation is inclined towards targets and growth of businesses not regarding the minds and labour working to achieve these. Owing to this reason, employees nearly always jump ship (search for new jobs), job seekers find it hard to connect with employers during interviews (remain in unemployed pool) and employers always go back to hiring for open positions (looking for new talents).

How then, will business targets and growths be achieved if these same cycles keep going back and forth over and over again?

The key to finding a remedy to this endless cycle is mending the strained relationships between heads and staff in workplaces. The starting point being Employee Involvement. Majority of employers think benefits, good working conditions and sizeable compensations are what guarantees an employees’ commitment and productivity level. In actual fact, these are what attract job seekers rather to want to work for an organization. After they become employees, it’s the workings of an organization’s structure that fuels how they decide to work towards achieving the growth of an organization. A human oriented organizational style as opposed to a task oriented style is the fundamental measure employers need to adopt for a productive workforce. The co-operative module of employee involvement organizational style ensures that employees are ever ready to invest their time and energy and technical know- how to realizing the goals of the organization. In turn, employers can invest their time and resources into billion-dollar ideas for their organizations instead of falling onto online job boards for the next employee all the time.

Employers can start implementing this organizational style by making a conscious effort to build a cordial relationship with staff and job seekers, ensure that there is a proper and timely communication stream from top to bottom in the organization and implementing staff bonding activities such as retreats and luncheons.

In short, employee involvement is critical if employers want productivity.

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