Founder EASTWEST PR and Host of the SPEAK|pr Podcast
Ben Aston from People Managing People enumerates 12 employee engagement statistics people need to know in 2020, as these play a role in the relationship between a company and its employees. Employee engagement, which is different from employee happiness, is said to occur when a member of staff is emotionally invested in and committed to the business. Ben shares the following statistics: only 15% of employees around the world are actively engaged in the business, although in the US alone, engagement levels were at an all-time high in 2019. Latin America was found to have the highest levels of engagement, followed by Middle East North Africa (MENA), Asia-Pacific, North America, and Sub-Saharan Africa, with Europe having the lowest levels of employee engagement. Nonetheless, employee engagement levels were found to be steadily increasing over the years while the percentage of actively disengaged employees was decreasing. Hilton, Salesforce, and Wegman Food Markets, Inc. are the top three companies with the best employee engagement levels. While this may come as a surprise to some people, older employees were found to be more engaged compared to their younger counterparts, as well as women being more engaged than men. Undeniably, any business’ goal, aside from having satisfied customers or clients, would be to have engaged employees, as these are found to improve business outcomes. In fact, it actually costs the company when their employees are not actively engaged. In summary, boosting employee engagement within the company is good not just for the employees, but for the business as a whole.
What does that have to do with AI?
Thanks to a platform like Talkia, if you listen to the SPEAK|pr podcast, an AI reader read the introduction to the article written by Ben Aston, which was summarised above. Talkia is one of a number of platforms that can take a text and convert it into audio using any number of voices. It’s made for for video or podcast content creators who don’t want to hire a voiceover talent for whatever reason. All you have to do is input the text into a dialog box, and you can choose from a number of different characters.
Talkia‘s standard version has six languages and a variety accents. The ability to choose an accent is so powerful, as you can personalise it based on the location, making consumers more likely to want to listen to what you have to say. The standard version of Talkia is $39 a month, with their Enterprise package at $69 a month. What’s interesting is that Talkia’s pricing plan is bundled with Doodly and Toonly, which are animation explainer video platforms, and for less than $100, you can secure a lifetime license for Talkia. You can also opt to pay $20-$34 for that monthly, and this comes with 30 background music options.
Another text voiceover program is Speechelo. Speechelo offers voiceovers in 23 languages and has 30 voices. Preferences can be chosen as to whether the speaker is male or female, young or old, and the accent that they have. Speechelo is $47 as a one-time payment, and it also has a Pro version for $47 every three months, and this lets you add background music. It also gives you the option of downloading the audio file as an mp3 file. Speechelo’s standard plan has a limit of 700 words or 5,000 characters at a time, but in the Pro version, you can have unlimited characters.
Talkia and Speechelo are platforms that use AI that make it very easy to convert text to speech with options of changing the accent or gender of the speaker and adding background music, all for a monthly cost of much less than the cost of even just one voiceover. So, as you think of ways to generate content, consider letting the AI speak for you.
This article is based on a transcript from my Podcast SPEAK|pr, you can listen here.
Cover Photo from People Managing People