Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

OPINION: People are not your biggest asset

Kirstie Langan, Business Development Executive at Apollo
Kirstie Langan, Business Development Executive at Apollo

We’ve all heard it a thousand times, ‘our people are our biggest asset’.  I don’t buy it.  I appreciate I’m perhaps failing to acknowledge the spirit of this statement, but to explain further – I don’t buy the idea that just having ‘good people’ (whatever that means) is enough to drive success.   Let’s also have a think about that notion of ‘good people’ – do we mean competent people, entertaining people, nice people, generous people, motivated people or just people who have previously worked for a business that competes with our own…?

I fully appreciate that business leaders everywhere make great efforts to hire who they deem are the good people, which of course makes perfect sense – however, what happens next?  Do good people always do well?  Are they simply overachievers who float through life on the crest of a wave, bringing success to any business that will hire them?  I suspect not.  Good people of course have skills, competencies and education that allow them to deliver results, but what it is that is going to unlock their true potential is engagement in the culture they work within and the work that they are doing.  We frequently receive compliments on our culture here at Apollo and it’s interesting to note that one of our core values is ‘enjoyment’.  By enjoyment we mean;

  • We are excited by challenge and we enjoy supporting our clients
  • We have fun by working as part of a team and supporting our colleagues
  • Staff engagement is core to our growth and our offices will be nice places to work

The most widely used set of questions to gauge employee engagement include the questions ‘at work, do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day?’ and ‘do you have a best friend at work?’.  These questions are asked as we know, through extensive research, that employees who have an appropriate platform to perform every day, along with support and friendship in the workplace, are more engaged, more productive and drive commercial success for the businesses that employ them.

As we bounce back from an exceptionally turbulent few years in the Oil and Gas industry it is interesting to reflect on how we’ve treated our people.  We are seeing the much-anticipated return to health of our industry and, perhaps predictably, skills shortages have already begun to emerge with many businesses struggling desperately to recruit the right people.  When it comes to who is going to come out on top, I truly believe that the businesses that have made efforts to maintain their high-performance culture, develop their staff and keep careers progressing in the face of unprecedented adversity since 2015, are going to have much more success.  Those who have used this as an opportunity to excessively chisel their staff’s reward and have not invested in at least an element of development for the very people that have dragged them through the tough times … may not fare so well…

Given that a 2017 report by Gallup concluded that 51% of workers are looking to leave their current jobs, lack of engagement is clearly a big issue across industry.  And turnover isn’t the only thing to consider, this report also found that engaged employees are 17% more productive – working faster, harder and stronger because they like what they do.  So, in terms of the bottom line, if we want to have ‘good people’ who stay with us, work hard, contribute to a harmonious work environment and deliver results – we need to engage them!  And let’s face it, we would all welcome 17% more productivity I’m sure!

In conclusion, people are not your biggest asset – a culture that allows your people to perform is your biggest asset, so stop at nothing to achieve it.

 

Recommended for you

Tags

More from Energy Voice

Latest Posts