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Living the tech life: The 5 Cs of employee engagement

This week’s guest blog post is contributed by Molly Boyer, Director of Internal Communications, Oracle Data Cloud.

Company culture. Employee engagement. Employee experience.

For years we’ve all heard these popular phrases, but do they really mean and what can companies really do to make sure they have value?

According to a recent Gallup poll, “State of the American Workplace,” the American workforce has more than 100MM full-time employees. One-third of those employees are what Gallup calls, “engaged at work.”

They love their jobs, enjoy their teams and customers, contribute, have great ideas, believe in the mission, feel their job uses their strengths–and they actively make their organization better every day.

But what about the other two-thirds of employees who are either disengaged or actively disengaged? How do you reach them and what steps can leaders take to encourage employees to do their best?

At Oracle Data Cloud, we place a great deal of attention and effort on our culture.

Through initiatives focused on engaging our employees we work to ensure that we connect with our employees so that they can connect with colleagues and with our customers.

Taking a leaf from the Ivey Business Journal’s 10 Cs of Employee Engagement, let’s dive into five of their must-haves:

1. Connect

Connection is a big theme at Oracle Data Cloud.  In fact, our mission, “We unlock the value of data to enable our customers to connect with their customers,” speaks to it directly. 

Applied internally, we look at how we (as an organization) unlock the power of culture so that our employees can best connect with their customers. 

2. Career

According to a 2016 study by SH!ft, Disruptive eLearning, 7 out of 10 employees say that training and development opportunities influence their decision to stay with a company.

So, investing in your employees not only provides them with the tools to perform their job, but it also helps to retain them. We invest in our employees and strive to provide learning and development opportunities to our employees at all levels.

3. Congratulate:

Absolutely congratulate your employees. Each and every time, without fail. We recognize employees each month through our Values-Based Awards program. 

This peer-nominated award identifies team members who exemplify our five core values: Fun, smart, innovative, flexible and collaborative. Winners not only get bragging rights, but they also get our signature branded swag.

4. Contribute

When employees have “skin in the game” they are contributing to the overall organization.

Think in terms of surveys, open feedback sessions or one-on-one time with their managers as key avenues to gather feedback. Providing an environment where employees are asked, “what matters to you?” helps build trust.

But don’t forget to act – make sure you focus on key objectives and get to moving. Our annual company survey allows us to determine what is important to our Oracle Data Cloud family and a list of key initiatives to implement each year.

5. Collaborate:

Our company was born through multiple acquisitions so ensuring that our teams collaborate is critical to our success.

Through cross-team trainings, team building events and annual Hackathons, we’re focused on creating a singular Oracle Data Cloud. But don’t take our word for it, get an inside look at our 2016 Hackathon.

So rather than hide from scary statistics around disengaged workers, look to how you can champion efforts in your own organization to create more engagement and a better experience for your employees.

A little hard work will reap major rewards (and happy employees).

Interested in knowing how you can be a part of the Oracle culture? Visit our website to learn more.

About Molly Boyer

Molly is the head of internal communications and employee engagement for Oracle Data Cloud.  

With 20 years of experience in marketing and communications, her passion is creating programs that allow people to thrive.

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