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CIPM charges organisations on employee engagement

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The Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPM) has charged organisations and Human Resource (HR) professionals to explore good tactics to drive up employee engagement for optimal productivity.

President/Chairman of Governing Council, CIPM, Wale Adediran, gave the charge at the 42nd induction ceremony of the institute, held virtually.

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He charged the newly inducted members to put in their best to become the best HR Professionals and be ambassadors of the institute, while they continue to live the CIPM code of conduct and core values in all their professional and personal dealings.

Speaking on the theme, ‘The Role of Employee Engagement in the Future of HR’, HR Business Partner, Airtel Nigeria, Mrs. Adebimpe Ayo-Elias, said for an organisation to be successful, the role of employee engagement could not be overemphasised.

Noting that engagement was a critical driver of business success in today’s competitive marketplace, she emphasised on the research report by Towers and Waton, which stated that companies with high employee engagement, have their operating income improved by 19 per cent over 12 months while companies with low levels of engagement, their operating income declined by 33 per cent.

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The HR expert-defined employee engagement as a state of affairs, where an employee is fully immersed in his or her role in the organisation such that it enhances his or her best for the benefit of the organisation.

She said organisations, who held employee engagement in high esteem have their employees actively interested and enthusiastic about their job and the workplace.

She noted that it entailed beyond work satisfaction, as employees are actively involved in advancing organisational goals.

For employers, Ayo-Elias, mentioned that it was about creating an environment for enabling culture, trust and support; growth and impact.

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She also said it was about creating an environment for the same level of autonomy, creativity, innovation, work, and fun

She said there was the need to focus and categorise employees where they belonged even as employee engagement was very wide and varied with organisations.

She added that employee engagement had become one of the critical drivers of today’s business measures, following the era of COVID-19 that had brought about remote working and virtual offices.

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