HRO Today June 2015 - 5

Editor's Note
CEO: Elliot H. Clark
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Taking Action
As the talent market continues to tighten, the importance of employee
engagement continues to increase. In fact, 93 percent of respondents in a
recent HCI survey believe that employee engagement is critical to business
success. The topic was a frequent visitor to the stage of May's HRO
Today Forum in Philadelphia, especially during a session I hosted with
Southwire's Executive Vice President of HR, Kathleen Edge.
Edge joined the wire and cable organization a year and half ago, and is
very candid about both the successes and obstacles in her role. When we
had our pre-Forum call about our on-stage interview, she enthusiastically
suggested covering employee engagement-even after a challenging few
months for Southwire. The company entered the largest acquisition in
their history this past year and as a result had to reduce their workforce
by 10 percent. During a formidable time to say the least, Southwire
decided to move ahead with their employee engagement survey as
planned. " This was the absolute right time to read the pulse of our
organization, " explains Edge.
While the organization saw overall numbers decline from 2014, they are
still well within industry benchmarks:
* Before the acquisition: 95 percent response rate, 85 percent of
workforce engaged
* After the acquisition: 89 percent response rate, 73 percent engagement
* Industry benchmarks: 70 percent response rate with 74 percent
engagement
" We are in a commodity wire and cable industry, where people truly
are the only differentiator, " says Edge. " Employees produce our quality
product, deliver shipments on-time, create the customer experience, and
provide the innovation. Attracting and retaining skilled, knowledgebased
talent will be a key competitive differentiator in the coming years. "
To help solve the engagement gap following the acquisition, Southwire
asked their employees to provide feedback on areas for improvement,
and communication of strategy was named a top concern. To address this,
Southwire leadership met to brainstorm and develop action plans. Out
of those meetings, top executives participated in videos to communicate
upcoming action plans to employees, including CEO Stu Thorn, who
addressed " the big picture " to the entire organization.
Such forthcoming transparency is certain to have an
uplifting effect on employee engagement and productivity
in Southwire's future.
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