Given low workplace engagement and high worker expectations about their jobs, companies need to focus on playing to the strengths of their employees, rather than help them improve on their weaknesses. Traditionally, employees are assigned where they are most needed in the organization, rather than placed where they can do the most good.
Are managers the reason why employees don’t seem to be as engaged as they should be? According to a Gallup study, this could very well be the case as it revealed that 85% of employees worldwide are not engaged or are actively disengaged in their job. The State of the Global Workplace study of 7,272 workers showed that one in two left their job because of a manager they didn’t get along with.
As Abraham Lincoln said, “you can’t please all of the people all of the time.” Your employees, however, are the ones you should always try to keep happy and engaged, because if they aren’t, your business could be in for some trouble.
How can you tell if an employee is unhappy? Here are some telltale signs:
You have a terrific employee on staff. They shine in their work and commitment to the company—or so you thought. Until the day they ask to speak to you behind closed doors and tender their resignation. Your stomach sinks. Of course, your first question is why?
The answer most likely lies within. For some reason, that employee didn’t feel engaged. Here’s why that happens, and how you can avoid it.
In the past, we’ve talked about why employee engagement is important, what it will do for your bottom line, how it will make your employees happier, etc. We now need to figure out what it is that makes employees happy and motivated. In short, how do you help your employees to stay engaged. Here are some top tips for you to implement that will have an immediate positive impact on employee engagement.
There’s a good chance you’ve spent serious money on employee training—some $160 billion was spent on training in the US in 2015—but do you realize it might not be working? Why not? In short, many companies offer training programs from the bottom up rather than the top down. According to Michael Beer, Magnus Finnstrom, and Derek Schrader, the bottom is the wrong place to begin employee training.
Whether you produce a product or a service, are a small- or medium-sized business or a major conglomerate, you do business locally or internationally, the most important part of your company is its employees. Everything our company does starts with human beings. For your company to thrive, your people need to be happy.
What if you could discover a way to:
Lower absenteeism by 41 percent
Lower turnover by up to 59 percent
You can do this, and so much more, with the right employee engagement program in place. This means having your employees involved in, enthusiastic about, and committed to their work and workplace, according to Gallup’s 2016 State of the American Workplace.
You want your employees to want to come to work each day. When they are happy about their jobs, it makes for a much more pleasant environment, and they will do a better job for you and the company.
But how do you make your employees feel good about the work they are doing? You don’t always need to use grand gestures, but you should consistently let employees know how valued they are. Here’s how:
If you think employee engagement isn’t that important, think again. It is. You don’t just want your employees to be engaged, you NEED them to be engaged. Engaged employees are more hard-working and more productive than their counterparts.