How higher ed empowers and builds its best employees
A report on the effectiveness of human capital strategies in higher education.
- Student success depends on both faculty and staff engagement
- Measurement is essential to successful employee engagement
- Employee engagement and retention are financially beneficial to institutions
Higher education is a field with a bold, important mission for the people it serves and the people who work in this industry. That mission—core values and all—is a magnetic, guiding force. But that does not mean faculty, staff, and students are fully engaged at all times.
Not surprisingly, HR and talent management professionals in higher education face challenges similar to those in the private sector. Keeping all employees engaged is just as important to colleges and universities as it is to businesses. However, academic talent leaders face an uphill battle.
A recent survey found 52 percent of faculty members were not engaged in their work, and an additional 14 percent were actively disengaged. Only 34 percent reported feeling engaged at their jobs.
This gives rise to important questions:
- How do institutions turn disengagement into engagement, all the while supporting student success and improving faculty and staff retention?
- How do you measure engagement in higher education, and what programmes or techniques are used?
- What are the roadblocks to increasing both engagement and retention?
If faculty and staff are engaged and passionate about their work, these workforce members create a nurturing environment so students can thrive. It’s up to institutions to support their workforce through programmes and initiatives designed to bolster employee engagement.