HR Technology and Employee Engagement Strategy

HR Technology and Employee Engagement Strategy

October 5, 2017

Sometimes, you stumble on something that makes you think about your work in a different way. REBA, the UK-based Reward and Employee Benefits Association, recently released a video featuring Unilever’s Keith Williams on HR Technology and Innovation. He notes three important things to keep in mind for HR Technology, and I think they are particularly applicable when considering your employee engagement strategy:

1/ Use Design Thinking

When designing an engagement program – from incentives to recognition – it’s important to really consider the people in the program. Research tells us that most people have unique preferences for their recognition and rewards experience.  Online engagement platforms should not be transactional, but should reflect the culture of your organization, and your people. By tying recognition to core values, you connect to human motivation and inspiration.

2/ Forget Current Processes

If engagement at your organization is low, just taking it online won’t help. It’s essential to take a hard look at what’s working and what’s not in your organization, and put a strategy up against it. A recognition and engagement platform provides a framework for people to engage with one another in a meaningful and social way. It does not replace human dialogue or insight, it gives it a place to thrive.

3/ Don’t Expect a Magic Bullet… Put the Resources In

We don’t all have the bots Williams describes, but the same principle applies to employee engagement program owners. We can’t expect any program, including HR Tech solutions, to magically create an amazing culture and suddenly spectacular performance. As Williams says, “Don’t think you can just press a button and it happens.” It takes thought, program champions, communications, persistence, and willingness to adapt. With that dedication, though, programs will succeed and so will your team.

Check out what Williams has to say here:


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