Focus on employee engagement to boost work output

(From The Economic Times) -- A study has indicated that the performance management process should evaluate and focus on employee engagement in addition to job performance.

Engagement involves high levels of identification with one's work in terms of attention, absorption and feeling integrated in the performance of one's tasks and roles, according to a paper published from the University of Toronto and University of Guelph.

The paper's authors - Professor Alan Saks from the University of Toronto and Professor Jamie Gruman of the University of Guelph - contend performance management should involve an evaluation of employee engagement and that for many companies enhancing employee performance can be best achieved by changing the focus of the performance management process to a focus on the management of employee engagement.

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