For Employees, A Positive Impact Means More Than Money

In our latest consumer benchmark study, we asked more than 5,000 U.S. employees what they felt was the most important thing they want to accomplish at work. The top motivator, by a very large margin, is Making a positive impact. This option was chosen three times more frequently than the next highest option, Earning a lot of money.

I also examined the data by age groups. It turns out that almost all of the items are very correlated to age. Making a positive impact starts at 27% for the youngest workers and grows to 59% for the oldest group. Advancing your career starts off at 22% for the youngest group and drops to 2% for the oldest employees.
The bottom line: Help your employee make a more positive impact.

Report: Employee Engagement Competency & Maturity, 2018

Purchase report: Employee Engagement Competency & Maturity, 2018We just published a Temkin Group report, Employee Engagement Competency & Maturity, 2018. Here’s the executive summary of this annual review of employee engagement activities, competencies, and maturity levels for large companies:

To understand how companies are engaging their employees, we surveyed 178 large companies and compared their responses with similar studies we’ve conducted in previous years. We also asked survey respondents to complete Temkin Group’s Employee Engagement Competency & Maturity (EECM) Assessment. The EECM Assessment places companies in one of five stages of maturity and evaluates their performance across five employee engagement competencies: Inspire, Inform, Instruct, Incent, and Involve. Highlights from our analysis of their responses include:

  • Team leaders of non-customer-facing groups are the least supportive of customer-centric activities.
  • Nearly 70% of companies measure employee engagement at least annually, yet only 40% of executives consider acting on the results to be a high priority.
  • The top obstacle to employee engagement activities continues to be the lack of an employee engagement strategy.
  • While only 19% of companies are in the top two stages of employee engagement maturity, 49% are in the bottom two.
  • When we compared companies with above average employee engagement maturity to those with lower maturity, we found that employee engagement leaders have better customer experience, enjoy better financial results, have more coordinated employee engagement efforts, have more widespread support across employee groups, are more likely to act on employee feedback, and face fewer obstacles than their counterparts with less engaged workforces.
  • You can use the results of the EECM Assessment to benchmark your own employee engagement activities.

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Here’s an excerpt from two of the 19 graphics that shows the maturity levels of employee engagement efforts in large companies and their effectiveness across five employee engagement competencies:

Employee Engagement Competency & Maturity ModelEmployee Engagement Competency & Maturity Levels of Large Organizations

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Report Outline:

  • Employee Engagement Efforts Are Underway
  • Assessing Employee Engagement Competencies and Maturity
  • Employee Engagement Leaders Versus Laggards
  • Propel Your Employee Engagement Efforts

 

Figures in the Report:

  1. Importance of Employee Engagement and Customer-Centric Culture
  2. Support For Customer-Centric Activities
  3. Employee Engagement Measurement
  4. Overview of Employee Engagement Activities
  5. Employee Engagement Obstacles, 2016 to 2018
  6. Employee Engagement Competencies and Maturity Levels
  7. Employee Engagement Competency & Maturity Assessment
  8. Results From Employee Engagement Competency Assessment
  9. Results From Employee Engagement Competency AssessmentBetween 2016 and 2018
  10. Highest Performing Employee Engagement (EE) Competency Elements
  11. Lowest Performing Employee Engagement (EE) Competency Elements
  12. Customer Experience and Financial Results: Employee Engagement Leaders Versus Laggards
  13. Organizational Culture: Employee Engagement Leaders Versus Laggards
  14. Executive Priorities: Employee Engagement Leaders Versus Laggards
  15. Overview of Employee Engagement Activities: Employee Engagement Leaders Versus Laggards
  16. Employee Engagement Measurement: Employee Engagement Leaders Versus Laggards
  17. Support For Customer-Centric Activities: Employee Engagement Leaders Versus Laggards
  18. Employee Engagement Obstacles: Employee Engagement Leaders Versus Laggards
  19. Percentiles of Results From Temkin Group Employee Engagement Competency Assessment

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The Employee Engagement Virtuous Cycle (Video)

Why should you care about Employee Engagement? Because it fuels a virtuous cycle that drive customer experience and business success. Take a look…

Video Script:

Did you know that engaged employees are really, really valuable? Temkin Group’s research shows that when employees are highly engaged, they are much more likely to behave in ways that help your organization:

  • They stay late at work if something needs to be done
  • They help other people
  • Do good things for the company, even when it’s not expected of them
  • And they make recommendations about improvements

Don’t you want employees like that on your team?

Our research also shows that companies with more engaged employees deliver better customer experience.

That’s the first connection in what we call the Employee Engagement Virtuous Cycle.

Employee Engagement Virtuous Cycle (Temkin Group)

Here’s how it works:

Engaged employees create great customer experiences, which in turn create more loyal customers. This leads to stronger financial results for the organization.

With happy customers, employees are prouder of their work, which lowers turnover rates. Collectively, this improves financial results and provides more resources for investing in employees.

Are you doing enough to fuel the front end of this virtuous cycle?

To raise employee engagement in your organization, visit Temkin Group, the employee engagement experts at StartWithEmployees.com.

Customer Focus Boosts Employee & Business Performance

It turns out that having a customer focus isn’t only good for customers, but it’s also good for employees and financial results.

We asked more than 5,000 U.S. employees to identify what they felt was the top priority for their senior executives. We also asked them about their work efforts and the financial performance of their organization. As you can see in the chart below:

  • When senior executives care the most about customers’ needs, employees try their hardest and the companies have the best financial results.
  • The next best place for senior executives to focus is on fulfilling the organizations mission.
  • When senior executives are mostly focused on generating more profits, they end up with the worst employee and financial performance.

Research on 5,000+ employees shows that companies that focus on customers have better financial results and employees that try harder.The bottom line: Focus on your customers, not on your profits.

Employee Engagement: A Goldmine of Untapped Value (Infographic)

Employee Engagement is one of Temkin Group’s Four CX Core Competencies. In other words, you can’t be customer-centric unless you have a highly engaged workforce. Make sure to visit our Employee Engagement Page.

Here are links to download different versions of the infographic:

Here are links to the research referenced in the infographic:

12 CX Factoids: Ratings, People, and Leadership (Infographic)

It’s hard to keep up with everything that Temkin Group published in 2017, so we put together a couple of infographics to highlight some of the key data insights. The initial infographic examined CX efforts and ROI.

In this infographic, we examine 12 factoids on CX ratings, people, and leadership. Below the infographic you’ll find links to download the graphic (as well as a poster), along with links to the referenced content.12 Customer Experience Factoids Infographic From Temkin Group, Covers CX Ratings, People & Leadership

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Here are links to the research referenced in the infographic:

Report: Lessons in CX Excellence, 2018

Download Temkin Group research report, Lessons in Customer Experience Excellence, 2018We just published a Temkin Group report, Lessons in CX Excellence, 2018. The report provides insights from six winners in the Temkin Group’s 2017 CX Excellence Awards. The report, which has more than 70 pages of content, includes an appendix with the finalists’ nomination forms. This report has rich insights about both B2B and B2C customer experience.

Here’s the executive summary:

This past November, we named six organizations the winners of Temkin Group’s 2017 Customer Experience Excellence Award – AARP, Allianz Worldwide Partners, Century Support Services, Nurse Next Door Home Care Services, Reliant, and Sage. This report:

  • Highlights specific examples of how these companies’ customer experience (CX) efforts have created value for both their customers and for their businesses.
  • Describes winners’ best practices across the four customer experience competencies: purposeful leadership, compelling brand values, employee engagement, and customer connectedness.
  • Includes all of the winners’ detailed nomination forms to help you collect examples and ideas to apply to your own CX efforts.

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Young Employees Are Most Impacted By Purposeful Leaders

As many readers of this blog know, Purposeful Leadership is one of Temkin Group’s Four CX Core Competencies. How do leaders demonstrate this characteristic? By mastering what we call the 5 P’s of Purposeful LeadersPersuasivePassionatePropellingPositive, and Persistent.

In a recent post, we showed how Purposeful Leadershipaffects the behaviors of employees. We decided to take a look at how the impact differs across ages of employees. To do this, we segmented more than 5,000 U.S. employees into two groups, one that said that their boss demonstrated all five characteristics of Purposeful Leadership (about 55% of the total) and those who’s boss did not.

We then examined the percentage of each group who say that they “always” or “almost always” try their hardest at work. As you can see in the chart below:

  • Younger employee are most effected. Looking at the impact of Purposeful Leaders between both groups, we find the largest gap for the youngest employees (27 %-points).
  • Older employees try harder. For both groups of employees, the percentage of employees who try their hardest increases with age.

Temkin Group analysis shows that the positive impact of purposeful leaders is greatest with younger employees

The bottom line: Purposeful leadership is gaining importance.

Purposeful People Are More Loyal Customers and Employees

Temkin Group has labelled 2017 The Year of Purpose, so we have been examining the topic of purpose across many different angles.

One of the areas we are interested in is the impact that a person’s level of purpose and meaning has on how they behave as an employee and customer. It turns out that it has a pretty significant impact in both of these areas.

In our latest U.S. consumer benchmark study, we asked a number of questions about people’s attitudes, employee behaviors, and company loyalty. As you can see in the chart below, people who believe that they lead a purposeful and meaningful life are better employees and more loyal customers.

Personal purpose and customer loyaltyThe bottom line: Purposefulness creates positivity across all aspects of life.

Report: Infusing Culture Throughout The New Employee Journey

Infusing culture throughout the new employee journey reportWe just published a Temkin Group report, Infusing Culture Throughout The New Employee Journey.

Here’s the executive summary:

A company’s culture reflects the attitudes and behaviors of its employees and influences almost every aspect of the employee journey and experience. However, despite its importance, many companies fail to orient new employees to their culture during onboarding. Rather than helping new hires form long-term connections with the organization and its values, companies often use this time to teach new hires about the organization’s processes. Companies instead should use their culture as a focal point during recruiting, hiring, and onboarding and then continue to emphasize it as employees acclimate to their roles. This report:

  • Explores how companies can align new employees with their culture.
  • Describes how companies can infuse culture throughout the four stages of the new hire journey: Establish Cultural Fit, Set Behavioral Expectations, Reinforce Positive Performance, and Prioritize Sustaining Culture.
  • Shares examples of best practices from a number of companies, including Adobe, Crowe Horwath, LexisNexis, Oxford Properties, Touchpoint Support Services, and Safelite Autoglass.
  • Provides a checklist companies can use to execute their culture-focused onboarding program effectively.

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Here are the best practices described in the report:infuse culture throughout the four stages of the new hire journey

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Report Outline:

  • New Employees Need More Corporate Cultural Onboarding
    • New Hire Programs Fall Short on Culture
  • Companies Should Infuse Culture Across the Entire New Hire Journey
    • Stage 1: Establish Cultural Fit
    • Stage 2: Set Behavioral Expectations
    • Stage 3: Reinforce Positive Performance
    • Stage 4: Prioritize Sustaining Culture
  • The Path Towards A Culture-Focused Onboarding Program
    • Immediate, Near-term, and Long-term actions

 

Figures in the Report:

  1. How to Shape Culture by Impacting How Employees Think, Believe, and Act
  2. Six Areas of Culture Focus
  3. Infuse Culture Throughout the Four Stages of the New Hire Journey
  4. Examples of Culture-Focused Onboarding Across the Four Stages of the New Hire Journey
  5. LexisNexis Summer Intern Program
  6. The Oxford Commitment
  7. Safelite AutoGlass Customer Driven Model
  8. Touchpoint Services Keeps Employees Learning Through Daily LineUp Meetings
  9. Recommendations for Designing an Effective Employee Recognition Program
  10. Select TouchPoint Supportive Services Manager Training
  11. Channels for Listening to Employee Feedback
  12. Actions to Take to Strengthen Company Culture

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The Human Side of Employee Engagement

As you probably know, Temkin Group spends a lot of time researching and writing about employee engagement. It’s one of our Four CX Core Competencies and a critical component of a customer-centric culture.

While our research typically focuses on the work environment that drives employee engagement, that’s only one part of the picture. To fully understand employee engagement, it’s important to look deeper at the people who are our employees. Why? Because employee engagement is driven by two things: Human Attitudes & Work Environment.

What do I mean by “Human Attitudes?” Your employees are people who have a set of feelings and beliefs that they bring with them to work. These underlying attributes may have absolutely nothing to do with their work. Here’s some data that looks at the level of employee engagement based on two sets of attitudes, the degree to which people feel happy, and the degree to which they feel loved and appreciated. (Note: we used the Temkin Employee Engagement Index to assess the level of engagement).

Happiness and appreciation impact Employee engagementAs you can see, people who are typically happy and those who feel loved and appreciated are significantly more engaged employees than other people. While their work may contribute to these feelings, it’s more likely that they feel this way because of their underlying perspectives and as a result of what’s going on in the rest of their lives.

The first implication of this insight is that you need to do a better job of recruiting and screening for people who are more likely to be engaged. This data shows that more positive people tend to be more engaged employees. So look for those people when you are hiring.

Another implication is that organizations need to deal with the underlying attitudes of their employees. In addition to applying traditional employee engagement strategies, you need to help employees develop more positive attitudes. There’s a lot of good resources to tap into from the Positive Psychology movement.

I’m joining other members of our team at the bi-annual World Congress of Positive Psychology in Montreal in July where we explore this focus on employee engagement in more detail. After the previous congress, we published this table connecting positive psychology to customer experience (including employee engagement):The bottom line: Employee engagement requires human engagement.

 

 

 

Report: Employee Engagement Competency & Maturity, 2017

Employee Engagement Competency and maturityWe just published a Temkin Group report, Employee Engagement Competency & Maturity, 2017. Here’s the executive summary of this annual review of employee engagement activities, competencies, and maturity levels for large companies:

Engaged employees are critical assets to their organization. It’s not surprising, therefore, that customer experience leaders have more engaged employees than their peers. To understand how companies are engaging their employees, we surveyed 169 large companies and compared their responses with similar studies we’ve conducted in previous years. We also asked survey respondents to complete Temkin Group’s Employee Engagement Competency & Maturity (EECM) Assessment. Highlights from our analysis of their responses include:

  • Front-line employees are viewed as the most highly engaged.
  • More than 70% of companies measure employee engagement at least annually, yet only 45% of executives consider taking action on the results a high priority.
  • Sixty-four percent of respondents believe that their social media tools have had a positive impact on their employee engagement activities, an increase from last year.
  • The top obstacle to employee engagement activities continues to be the lack of an employee engagement strategy.
  • While only 23% of companies are in the top two stages of employee engagement maturity, this is still an increase from last year.
  • When we compared companies with above average employee engagement maturity to those with lower maturity, we found that employee engagement leaders have better customer experience, enjoy better financial results, are more likely to take action on employee feedback, and face fewer obstacles than their counterparts with less engaged workforces.
  • You can use the results of the EECM Assessment to benchmark your own employee engagement activities.

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Here’s an excerpt from one of the 17 graphics that shows the maturity levels of employee engagement efforts in large companies and their effectiveness across five employee engagement competencies:Employee engagement competencies

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CX Competency: Employee Engagement (Video)

Temkin Group has found that the only path to sustainable customer experience differentiation is to build a customer-centric culture. How? By mastering Four Customer Experience Core Competencies.

This video provides an overview of one of those competencies, Employee Engagement, where the goal is to align employees with the goals of the organization.

Here Are Five I’s of Employee Engagement:

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CX Sparks: Guides For Stimulating Customer Experience DiscussionsThis video is a great introduction to a discussion with your team. That’s why we’ve created a CX Sparks guide that you can download and use to lead a stimulating discussion.

Focus On Employee Engagement, Not Employee Experience

We are finally seeing a movement by the general business world to seriously focus on the role and value of employees, which is why “Embracing Employee Engagement” is one of our 2017 CX Trends. Temkin Group has viewed employee engagement as a critical foundation for customer experience since our inception. It’s one of our Four CX Core Competencies.

While the trend is great, there’s still a long way to go. I’d love to see many more human resources organizations recognize that employee engagement is one of their strategic objectives (see my post, HR Execs: Wake Up To Employee Engagement!).

employee engagementAs this area has gained attention, there’s been a troubling misunderstanding creeping up in the dialogue. People are confuscating Employee Engagement with Employee Experience. They are not the same.

It’s important to understand the distinction, because only one of them is the foundation to success. So let’s look at each of them:

  • Employee Experience deals with how employees enjoy their job or environment. It deals with making things fun and enjoyable. People often say things like “let’s treat the employees’ experience like we do the customers’ experience.” They think of ways to make the work place more exciting and fun, by adding things outside of work like pizza parties and gift swaps. Employee experience can be measured by questions like “how much fun do you have at work.
    • My take: This is a very nice thing to do for your employees, but it is insufficient to drive success.
  • Employee Engagement deals with how committed employees are to the mission of their organization. It deals with human beings’ intrinsic needs for a sense of meaningfulness, choice, competence, and progress. People who want to affect change in this area must focus on the design of the work environment using what we call the Five I’s: Inspire, Inform, Involve, Instruct, and Incent. Employee engagement can be measured by the three questions in the Temkin Employee Engagement Index.
    • My take: This is a requirement to drive long-term success.

If you want to build a high performing organization that consistently delivers great customer experience, then you need to focus on employee engagement. If you happen to improve employee experience along the way, then that’s an added bonus.

The bottom line: Focus on employee engagement, not employee experience.

P.S. Based on some great comments to this post, I want to clarify something. Improving employee experience is not a bad thing. But a company should not be focusing its energy on improving employees experience just for the sake of that improvement. The ultimate goal should be in creating an engaged workforce, not just ensuring that employees enjoy their work experience. See my post: Are You Creating Engaged or Entitled Employees?

Report: Employee Engagement Benchmark Study, 2017

We just published a Temkin Group report, Employee Engagement Benchmark Study, 2017. This is the sixth year that we’ve published the benchmark of U.S. employees. The research is based on an online survey on Q3 2016. (Take a look at our Employee Engagement Resource Page).

For the sixth year in a row, Temkin Group used the Temkin Employee Engagement Index to analyze the engagement levels of more than 5,000 U.S. employees. We found that:

  • Sixty-three percent of U.S. employees are “highly” or “moderately” engaged – the highest level we’ve seen in the six years we’ve conducted this study.
  • Companies that outperform their competitors in both financial results and customer experience have more engaged workers.
  • Compared to disengaged employees, highly engaged employees are almost five times more likely to recommend the company’s products and services, they are over four times more likely to do something that is good, yet unexpected, for the company, they are three times more likely to stay late at work if something need to be done, and they are over five times more likely to recommend an improvement at the company.
  • Companies with 501 to 1,000 employees have the highest percentage of engaged employees, while companies with 10,000 or more employees have the lowest.
  • On an individual level, our research shows that the most highly engaged employees tend to be those who regularly interact with customers, who are highly educated, who earn a high income, and who are executives.
  • Forty-nine percent of construction employees are highly engaged, the highest level of any industry. At the other end of the spectrum, only 20% of employees in public administration are highly engaged.
  • Given the significant value of engaged employees, we recommend that companies improve engagement levels by mastering our Five I’s of Employee Engagement: Inform, Inspire, Instruct, Involve, and Incent.

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Here’s what we found when we examined year-over-year results for the Temkin Employee Engagement Index:

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Report Outline:

  • Employee Engagement Is On The Rise
  • Which Employees Are Most Engaged?
  • Master the Five I’s of Employee Engagement

 

Figures in the Report:

  1. Temkin Employee Engagement Index(TEEI)
  2. Engaged Employees Are Valuable Assets
  3. Engaged Employees Try Harder
  4. Customer Experience Leaders Have More Engaged Employees
  5. Temkin Employee Engagement IndexBy Industry
  6. Temkin Employee Engagement IndexBy Industry (2014 to 2016)
  7. Temkin Employee Engagement Index(TEEI) By Sie of Company
  8. Temkin Employee Engagement Index(TEEI) BY Amount of Customer Contact and Role Within Organization
  9. Temkin Employee Engagement Index(TEEI) By Organizational Role
  10. Temkin Employee Engagement Index(TEEI) By Age
  11. Temkin Employee Engagement Index(TEEI) By Income Level
  12. Temkin Employee Engagement Index(TEEI) By Education Level
  13. Results From Employee Engagement Competency Assessment

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Here are previous employee engagement benchmark studies: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012.