Employee Engagement Strategies to Increase Innovation
Human resources leaders (HRLs) who fail to embrace employee innovation are at risk of
jeopardizing the organization's competitive advantage. Organizational leadership and
employees stand to benefit from innovation, as employee innovation can aid in
establishing a competitive advantage and survivability. Grounded in the transformational
leadership conceptual framework, the purpose of this qualitative multiple case study was
to explore employee engagement strategies HRLs use to increase innovation. The
participants included 5 HRLs at small human resource management firms in the northeast
area of the United States who used engagement strategies to increase innovation. Data
were collected from interviews with the HRLs, company websites, and social media
pages. A thematic analysis was used to analyze the data. Four themes emerged: cross
team assessment, communication tools, measurement tools, and recognition strategies.
The application of the findings from this study could contribute to positive social change
by providing insights for HRLs on employee engagement strategy implementation for
talent retention that increases workplace stability and employees supporting their families
as well as contributing positively to their communities.