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Employee Engagement is Crucial to Your Organizational Productivity

Employee Engagement is Crucial to Your Organizational Productivity

“Only 15 percent of the world’s one billion full-time employees are engaged at work but this still means that roughly 85 percent of employees aren’t engaged. It would change the world if we did better,” wrote Jim Clifton, chairman and CEO at Gallup.

Engagement is the ability to be present, focused, and energized. Engaged people go above and beyond what is expected of them because they feel part of a purpose larger than themselves.

Employee engagement has been the elusive holy grail for most managers, regardless of industry sectors or geographic territories. How can managers and leaders increase engagement in their organizations to boost productivity and improve profitability?

The various ways through which employees can be kept engaged are:

1. Recruit Right: That might sound a bit odd, but you cannot expect great engagement from someone who was just picked off the street and given a job with no burning desire to work for your company. Employees who really excel at work are those who are highly motivated than employees who just want a job. It is of great importance to choose a right person for the right job. Therefore, you will notice that companies that have great employee engagement are usually hard to get into in the first place; they place several barriers before you can enter as an employee.

2. Recognize Employees: Organization must be to recognize the abilities of their employees. Any organization that follows a proper recruitment process offers employment only to those they feel will make a positive contribution. Therefore, any time they make a positive contribution, acknowledge and celebrate them—not just by patting them on the back, but by noting what exactly they did and how it made a positive impact to the organization.

3. Appreciate the efforts: Organization must reward the employees who are fully engaged as it will be a motivation for them as well as for those who aren’t engaged at all. An organization that is clear about what behaviors it wants from its employees, and rewards them consistently for those behaviors, is far more likely to ensure greater level of engagement.

4. Take action or respond: Employees engage themselves so that they can benefit their organization, but if the heads don’t take any action or respond, employees feel that their efforts are unnoticed. They want their ideas to be considered seriously and, if appropriate, implemented.

5. Remove or reevaluate as necessary: Every manager has a responsibility to make the hard decision to terminate an employee if it doesn’t work out. The earlier you do this, the better it is for both the employee and the organization. The rest of the team will respect you, and your clarity of what is acceptable performance and what’s not.

6. Engage them in CSR: The employees can get the feeling of satisfaction and happiness that they are contributing their efforts for the betterment of people. And the employees feel proud in working with the organization that is engaged in CSR activities.

HSBC Employees felicitating underprivileged children at Pune

STEM Learning join hands with corporations so they get the opportunity to engage their employees in the CSR activities. We offer customised Volunteer Engagement programs to donors for their CSR in educational activities. To reflect the thought process of individual corporates, these activities are based on wishes from the corporate donors. In this program, we offer the following activities:

Mini Science Centre Installation: Corporate volunteers joined hands with STEM Learning to install STEM Mini Science Centres in underprivileged schools. The Mini Science Centres seek to increase STEM literacy and prepare underprivileged children for the demands of a 21-century society that will require them to learn by doing, think computationally, problem-solve, and collaborate.

Science Quiz: As part of their CSR in education, we help corporate organize science quiz competitions in schools. These competitions help build confidence among the children and develop critical thinking skills in them. Corporate put-forward a quiz in the form of interactive games based on children’s existing Math and Science syllabus.

Model Designing: Children are also encouraged to design their own models. The model making competition sparks creativity among the young boys and girls.The competition helps them to learn design-based learning to spur curiosity and innovation.

Brillio Employees nurturing the Innovative Mindset of Needy Students
Brillio Employee Engagement Program – 2018

Tinker Lab: Tinker Labs are being developed by STEM Learning to develop innovative and creative skills among underprivileged children. Because being just a literate can never be enough in today’s world. We aim not only at enhancing the skills of the students but in adding up of more and more qualities in them so that they can build and make new solutions for the problems present today. STEM Tinker Labs comprises of ‘do it yourself’ kits and equipment on- Science, Electronics, Robotics, Open Source Microcontroller Boards, Sensors and 3D printers, etc.

On 18th & 19th of January 2018, STEM Learning hosted an employee engagement activity with Brillio at Bangalore for Tinker Labs. Around 100 students from 2 Government High School came for the training process.

It is important for every organization to conduct employee engagement activities so that sense of belongingness can be created among the employees. An employee goes through a lot of stress during work hours so if indulged in volunteering for any cause then they get immense satisfaction and it makes their inner self-happy. This, in turn, helps in the betterment of their work performance.

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Brillio Employees nurturing the Innovative Mindset of Needy Students

Brillio Employees nurturing the Innovative Mindset of Needy Students
Brillio Employees Engagement Program – Tinker Lab Volunteer Engagement

STEM Learning had an opportunity to conduct employee engagement programme with BRILLIO at Bangalore for Tinker Lab on 18 & 19 January 2018. The objective was to imbibe futuristic skill sets among underprivileged youngsters by providing them with access to multiple technologies and enabling them to build/make new solutions to solve challenges they see in their communities.

On 18 January 2018, The programme started off with training the Brillio volunteers to develop a mobile application which could convert text message into speech and secondly to design 3 dimensional model and 3d print the same. 60+ volunteers from Brillio were trained. Volunteers were so excited and motivated to contribute their strength and knowledge with children from low income school. Their active participation and sense of responsibility showcased while training & in advance preparation for the next day said everything about the volunteers.

The level of enthusiasm in the volunteer’s eyes was so noticeable when they successfully printed their 3D dice. Volunteers were excited and motivated to share their knowledge with underprivileged children.

Brillio Employees Training Session – Tinker Lab Volunteer Engagement

The next day, session was conducted in Government school of Domlur and Jayanagar for 6 hours. The classroom was ready with computers, 3D printer and power connection. The classroom was ready with computers, 3D printer, power connection. The students were divided in small groups and volunteers began their sessions. Total 25 volunteers participated and spent 6 hours each on that day, sharing their knowledge and expertise with children and teacher. We had 100 students participating in Tinker session for App development and 3D printing.

Children were very excited when they were introduced to session and many interesting questions were asked. Volunteers taught 8th standard students to build their 1st mobile application which could speak. We saw students typing messages for their friends, teachers and volunteers. They were very excited and happy to hear the messages they have typed. One child solving other child’s problem, communicating and sharing ideas was worth observing. Totally engrossed in their tinker session, asking questions, few groups were way ahead and started designing 3D car, speaking calculator application, speech recognizer application and many more.

9th standard students were busy designing their first 3d dice model with help of volunteers. Every group wanted to make the best possible design for their dice with some making the edges curve, smooth, pointed, size of their dice, converting from one measurement unit to other. Children printed their own designed dice and played with it. Teachers were also trained by the volunteers.The long term plan is to handhold the teachers and prepare them for tinker session with help of strong volunteer program.

The day ended up with lots of happy faces, new ideas, experiences and learning. The tinker lab session benefited children, teacher as well as the volunteers. The success totally belongs to Brillio Volunteers. Their willingness to contribute for social welfare helped us in making the event successful.

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3 Ways Your Organization Can Benefit From Employee Engagement

 

3 Ways Your Organization Can Benefit From Employee Engagement

3 Ways Your Organization Can Benefit From Employee Engagement

Employee Engagement has become a focal point in today’s workforce because companies are finally beginning to grasp that in order to keep their clients happy, they need to have happy, engaged employees. The findings of the Gallup Study of 2008 shows that while the engaged employees believe they can contribute to company’s growth, the disengaged employee believes otherwise, i.e. his job does not contribute to the organization. This belief of the disengaged employee creates negative spiral that affects his work, co-workers, clients, productivity and eventually both happiness of employee and company performance.

Employee engagement does not only refer to the job which he is paid for. The biggest happiness for the employees will be, when its organization wants their participation in the activities which are more social rather than materialistic. They will get the sense of belongingness and satisfaction which will directly enhance their productivity.

Team Building Activity
STEM Learning introduced Employee Engagement Programs, where employees join hands as a team to set up Mini Science Centre. They perform as volunteers and help us setting up the centre and in enlightening the students. They even volunteer in setting up of Tinker Labs and in conducting various competitions.

HSBC Student Competition Felicitation – Pune

Working Towards A Social Cause
Employees get the feel of working towards a social cause through CSR activities like MSC installation, Tinker Lab Employee Engagement Program. When the employees actually dedicate volunteering hours in schools, they get connected to the underprivileged children and they try to help them in the best possible way they can. They feel proud and honored because of the CSR works that their organization is doing and feels satisfied as they are working for a social cause.

Happier Employees
While conducting various competitions, they get nostalgic as they witness children behaving competitively and trying their best for being awarded. The volunteers perfectly gel up with the children of the remotest area which makes them so happy that they literally forget track of time and are not concerned about finishing up their work soon. During the time of felicitation, when volunteers call the winner’s name, the smile on the face of that student is something which can be cherished for lifetime.

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CSR : HSBC Employees bring Smiles to Underprivileged Children

 

CSR : HSBC Employees bring Smiles to Underprivileged Children

CSR : HSBC Employees bring Smiles to Underprivileged Children

Under HSBC CSR Initiative, HSBC joined hands with United Way Mumbai & STEM Learning to foster the Scientific Temperament & Hands-on Learning among Underprivileged Children.

The Hongkong and Shanghai Bank Corporation Ltd, India is committed to corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and demonstrates this by contributing to the economic and social development of the communities. HSBC believes that engaging employees in community investment programme is an opportunity to ensure that funds contributed are used for the purpose for which they have been given.

In September 2017, 100 HSBC employees dedicated 300+ hours to install mini science centre in 19 schools. Mini Science Centre (MSC) is innovative and interactive with a hands-on approach to teach the concepts of Science and Math. This modern way of teaching not only helps students to understand the concepts easily but also to implement them for the progress of the society. Each Mini Science Centre consists of 65 table-top working Science models which are informative, easy to grasp and have in-depth manuals (available in English and four other regional languages). STEM Learning trains teachers so that they understand the models, empowering them to make the learning experience fun and memorable.

Model Making Competition – A CSR Initiative of HSBC

In November 2017, STEM Learning in association with HSBC organized Science Quiz & Model Making Competitions for Nurturing the creative talent and innovative mindset of the students. The whole competition took place between 18th of November till 9th December. Inter-school and intra-school rounds were held in November, while the finals & gala event took place on 9th of December. 16 schools participated in intra-school competition. The quiz entitled with 25 questions where HSBC volunteers asked question to groups of 5 students each. The answers were in multiple choice pattern and 2 groups from each school were selected for the finale.

The final gala round was held at Eknathrao Khese Vidhyalaya on 9th December 2017. Total 420 students collectively from quiz competition and model making competition participated, where 35 HSBC employees were engaged for more than 175 volunteering hours.

Science Quiz Competition – A CSR Initiative of HSBC

The students enjoyed all the competitions and were always ready with the answers before the options were given. The volunteers also left the event with lots of happy memories. Ratna Gangapure, HSBC Employee quoted in Gala Event, “Feeling very proud to be over here today. The environment was full of spark, enthusiasm & positivity. The desire to win & determination to be perfect in whatever we do coming out from the students is very encouraging, Thanks HSBC & STEM Learning for giving us the opportunity.”

Sumona Ganguli – CSR Manager, HSBC said, “It’s a very happy feeling when culmination of a project is extremely successful.”

There are a lot of things for students to learn outside the confines of a textbook; events like these help them explore such avenues and learn through science-fun. We need to encourage more events that have immersive learning and enhance scientific knowledge.

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Skills-based volunteering can boost employee engagement

 

Skills-based Volunteering can boost Employee Engagement

Employee engagement is key to productivity. Productivity increases 20-25% in organizations with engaged employees; internal teams with engaged team members are 21% more productive; and “high engagement” is a key feature of the highest-performing employees.

In addition, strong employee engagement promotes a variety of outcomes that are good for employees and customers. For instance, highly engaged organizations have double the rate of success of lower engaged organizations. Comparing top-quartile companies to bottom-quartile companies, the engagement factor becomes very noticeable.

 

Brillio Employees teaching App making to underprivileged children

On 18th & 19th of January 2018, STEM Learning hosted an employee engagement activity with Brillio at Bangalore for Tinker Labs. The motive behind the event was to make volunteers of Brillio learn about Tinker labs so that they can also contribute to educating underprivileged children. The volunteers had an expertise in IT service, so STEM Learning aimed at utilizing their skills in making students learn more efficiently. Brillio provided us with more than 60 volunteers and STEM Learning & Brillio all together trained more than 100 students.

Tinker Labs are being developed by STEM Learning to develop innovative and creative skills among underprivileged children. Because being just a literate can never be enough in today’s world. We aim not only at enhancing the skills of the students but in adding up of more and more qualities in them so that they can build and make new solutions for the problems present today.  STEM Tinker Labs comprises of ‘do it yourself’ kits and equipment on- Science, Electronics, Robotics, Open Source Microcontroller Boards, Sensors and 3D printers, etc.

Brillio Employee Engagement Program - 2018
Brillio Employee Engagement Program – 2018

Around 100 students from 2 Government High School came for the training process. The students were in 8th and  9th standard, the language used for training process were English and Kannada, however, language has never been an obstacle for us. The reason behind this is that while teaching practically, language does not plays an important role.

This event also played a vital role in conducting an effective Employee Engagement Activity. It is important for every organization to conduct employee engagement activities so that sense of belongingness can be created among the employees. An employee goes through a lot of stress during work hours so if indulged in volunteering for any cause then they get immense satisfaction and it makes their inner self-happy.  This, in turn, helps in the betterment of their work performance.