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By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/06/2011

When Dave Leschasin joined St. Boniface General Hospital six years ago, the idea of measuring employee engagement was foreign. A homegrown employee opinion survey suggested things were fine but, as the new chief human resources officer at the Winnipeg-based hospital, Leschasin knew otherwise. So he set out to make significant changes, starting with a formal survey and help from an external service provider.

“If you try to make a better, more engaging work environment for employees, you have to ask employees what’s preventing them from working to their full potential,” he said.

Since then, employee engagement has risen from 41 per cent to 54 per cent and is now one of the hospital’s four strategic goals, he said.