Reimagining the Terrors/Horrors of Employee Engagement
Can you handle the TRUTH!? Organizations everywhere are being horribly infected by “The Actively Disengaged,” an epidemic of “workplace zombies” shuffling through offices, bumping into printers and water coolers and contributing to the over $550 billion dollars lost in productivity within the US workforce.
We know the stats. Your organization is aware of the engagement issues, and they are attempting to tackle them every, single day. We’ve seen the surveys to prove it, and they are numerous and unanimous… So, the question is, why hasn’t there been a noticeable change? Why are we still dealing with a hefty statistic of disengaged, unenthusiastic workers that has not moved for the better?
It’s time to rethink this issue and really delve into what we are dealing with---the current workforces we have. Let’s bring engagement back to life! Here’s what we know:
- Learning and Development plays an integral role in employee engagement.
- Millennials still provide a challenge.
- Employees need to feel empowered and receive feedback more often.
- Work/life balance is very important.
If we want to see true engagement, there needs to be a sense of belonging. People want to feel as though they are a part of something bigger than themselves, that there is a great cause they are working toward. There needs to be a purpose that drives them to make that significant impact. They don’t want to be a “walker,” they want to be a “Daryl Dixon.”
Equally as important, generate understanding of the bottom line: the bigger picture, the business of the business. How can we expect employees to act and think like owners when they don’t understand how the organization is performing and the actions they can personally take to impact the bottom line?
“Research group Bersin reported that organizations spend some $720 million per year on employee engagement, and yet a Harvard Business Review survey found that only 24% of executives feel their employees are highly engaged.” Stop throwing away your money in a graveyard of bad investments, and start executing the strategies that will drive the best employee engagement.
To learn more about the CURE for employee engagement, join me on our HCI webcast on August 30 at 1p EST, “How Great Training Can Engage your Workforce: Finding the Cure for the Actively Disengaged.”