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Engaging employees beyond the office freebies

Sue Eaglebarger (Human Resources Department, Lawson Products, Chicago, Illinois, USA)

Strategic HR Review

ISSN: 1475-4398

Article publication date: 12 June 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to focus on the key roles played by both human resources and internal communications in developing, implementing and measuring employee engagement strategies and activities. Although the management practice has been widespread since the early 2000s, many are still confused or skeptical of engagement.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper aims to define engagement and its importance with regard to attracting and keeping top talent, highlighting Aon Hewitt’s behavioral model and Gallup’s research.

Findings

Recognizing that employee engagement is a key performance indicator, this paper highlights how Lawson Products is creating growth and sustainability with its number-one asset, employees.

Originality/value

By considering the opportunities Lawson Products is providing for its employees to do meaningful work, to learn, to be involved without being micromanaged and to make an impact, readers will take away proven ideas to draw and engage today’s top talent.

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Citation

Eaglebarger, S. (2017), "Engaging employees beyond the office freebies", Strategic HR Review, Vol. 16 No. 3, pp. 112-116. https://doi.org/10.1108/SHR-03-2017-0015

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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