Dec 21, 2018
Posted in: workplace
By Jim Edmondson
Research shows that employees who are engaged are about 44% more productive than the average employee. Forbes.com describes employee engagement as “The level of commitment, passion, and loyalty a worker has toward the company.” The more engaged the employee, the more productive they are.
What drives employees to become fully engaged and potentially give that additional 44% is directly related to the organization having a strong purpose, such as Gabriel Dumont Institute’s mission “To promote the renewal and development of Métis culture through research, materials development, collection and the distribution of those materials and the development and delivery of Métis-specific educational programs and services.”
Gabriel Dumont Institute supports and encourages employees to engage in and practice all aspects of Métis culture in our dealings with the Institute’s stakeholders. This type of ‘buy in’ is critical and will result in a much more productive workplace. There are other benefits to an engaged workforce such as public image, retention of staff, and better overall organizational health.
In today’s business environment where there are funding cuts and uncertainty whether an employee’s contract may be renewed, building and sustaining positive corporate culture is not always easy. Employers cannot replicate some other organization’s strategy or use a one-size-fits-all approach because each sector and workforce is vastly diverse in its makeup.
Enabling employees to establish a sense of purpose in the workplace begins with making employees understand that the direction and mandate is solid and that all aspects of the organization are pulling together as a team. Everyone, from the board through senior managers, believes fervently in what Gabriel Dumont Institute does and plays an important role in making our priorities clear. This increases productivity and the Institute is perceived as a service provider of choice.
Gabriel Dumont Institute endeavors to enable its employees to find their ‘sense of purpose’ at the workplace. The work that each employee does help make the Institute and the community better off. No work done by the Institute employees is insignificant.
Gabriel Dumont Institute goes to great lengths to inform and educate employees to help them understand what the Institute stands for, as well as how their efforts are making a difference.
Teamwork is an overused term, but it is a critically important factor to the success of any venture. Engaged employees who have bought in to the purpose of a project or organization operate very well in team situations because they see that all involved have a common vision and goals.
Gabriel Dumont Institute is a unique organization, we have multiple entities that provide different services but the unifying factor is to fulfil the Institute’s mission. The fact that we have grown in size, program offerings and services provided over the years is a testament to those who have worked so diligently to build the organization, their dedication and engagement.