2019 The Year Of Employee Experience

By Steven Talbot | December 6, 2018

If you haven’t focused corporate efforts on employee experience (EX), the time is now. “Employee experience” has been buzzing for a couple years, and it’s become a critical piece of the puzzle for a business’ success. Learn why EX is important in 2019 and how you can boost yours.


Employee experience (EX) goes beyond free lunches and ping pong tables in the breakroom. It is the totality of what employees experience while they’re at work. It encompasses the physical environment, cultural environment and technological environment. In fact, employee engagement tactics and company perks are usually a short-term “fix” to what EX design is attempting to accomplish. It’s akin to the customer experience in that every interaction builds a relationship with the brand. In terms of employment, it starts during the candidate journey and extends until you become an alum.


There is a myriad of reasons why we should pay attention to employee experience (EX). Most importantly, research by Jacob Morgan, author of The Employee Experience Advantage, shows that organizations he classified as “experiential” has four times higher average profits, two times higher average revenues, 40% lower turnover and their stock prices outperformed the S&P 500 and Nasdaq indices.

EX is rising to fame just like customer experience (CX) has in recent months. One reason is the talent shortage. There is a deficit of qualified personnel in several industries, including technology, financial services and manufacturing, therefore focusing on the employee experience will give employers an advantage in recruiting top candidates.

Another reason is that candidates do their research. They have so much access to information prior to becoming an employee, through review sites like Glassdoor and Indeed and social media posts by current or previous employees. It’s in a company’s best interest to provide a genuinely positive employee experience. If not, they’ll not only lose current employees but have trouble recruiting replacements.


Employee experience (EX) design sets out to apply design principles to employee experience by following these stages: empathize, define, ideate, prototype and test. Shifting employee experience won’t happen overnight though. A slow rollout of changes that will point employee experience in a more positive direction is the only approach that will take hold in the long term. This will get you started:

  • Begin with research. Survey current employees to determine what the employee experience looks like right now and how they envision the future of work.
  • Focus your goals by crafting a cohesive employee experience vision. Make sure this aligns with the company mission.
  • Determine how the EX vision can be demonstrated within the physical, cultural and technological environments. Think beyond quick fixes and how to shift attitudes over time so they become permanent.
  • Create an implementation plan that rolls out new initiatives slowly and take the time to survey employees in between.
  • Continually innovate your new employee offerings to keep up with the employee experience vision. Being in touch with how employees feel about work will guide you to your next project.


READ MORE: Top 5 Things To Know About Employee Experience Design


About the Author
Steven Talbot

Steven is a co-founder and CEO of GQR. His role is to originate, define and execute the business’ global growth strategy.

Through GQR’s parent company, Wynden Stark, Steven is an investor and adviser to several human capital, financial and technology startups. Born in West London and raised in Hertfordshire, Steven now spends his time between Los Angeles, New York and London.

Steven graduated from Loughborough University, studying business, economics and finance. While at Loughborough, he held positions in investment banking, private wealth and real estate.

Steven began his career as an analyst at a boutique project finance and investment banking firm specializing in alternative energy and traditional natural resource-based project development and project finance in the U.S., EU and Russia/CIS. His focus was in project finance and pitch book construction for projects including wind energy development in Southern California and biomass energy development in France.

Steven is passionate about science, technology, engineering and mathematics and was originally set to join Loughborough’s engineering school with sponsorship from Laing O’Rourkes investment and development business, before transferring to the economics and business faculty to fulfill his commercial aspirations.

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