Employee Alignment is a process of linking organizational goals to employees’ personal goals in order to reach higher employee engagement and satisfaction. This process aims to ensure that the working environment is aligned with employees’ incentives so that every worker knows how success of a certain organizational goal contributes to success of an associated personal goal.
Employee alignment is a strategic process that requires the senior management to develop a detailed plan (programme) that explains a general mechanism and specific action items for establishing linkage between corporate goals and individual incentives. Such a plan should provide employees with a common understanding of organizational goals and objectives as well as establish consistency between every corporate objective/goal and individual incentives.
The following action items are essential in a typical employee alignment programme:
- Definition of corporate goals and objectives.
- Guidelines for managers (how every manager should act when communicating with subordinates).
- Guidelines for employees (how workers are supposed to act to link their personal goals to the corporate ones).
- Employee compensation (how every worker’s initiative is compensated).