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87% of employees worldwide are not engaged at work – are you one of them?

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We were as shocked as you when we read this headline. But, yes, a recent Gallup survey highlighted a worrying statistic from the worldwide workplace; 87% of employees worldwide are not engaged at work. It would appear that from full-time workers in Frankfurt, to shift-workers in Shanghai, to those in part time work in Basingstoke, a lack of employee engagement can affect us all and it’s something your employer needs to identify and tackle, holistically.

 

People are the power

It’s short-sighted for your employer to assume that you will automatically be engaged in your role simply because:

  • they’re paying you
  • the role you’re doing is hugely sought after
  • you’re new
  • you’ve been there decades
  • you’re a senior manager

In all these cases – and many others – you may be feeling disconnected, confused or apathetic about your place in the grand scheme of the business.

Gallup’s research also shows that companies with highly engaged workforces outperform their peers by 147% in earnings per share – so employers should never forget that the success and growth of their business depends on staff that are not only present in body, but who’s hearts, minds and ambitions are truly engaged with the company ethos and goals.

Employee engagement 101

Lesson number 1 – there are no quick fixes. A bit like making a lifelong commitment to eating well to maintain a healthy weight, a serious approach to prioritising employee engagement requires regular evaluation and an ongoing commitment to making it work. Here are a few pointers to suggest to your employer to start them on that road to a happier, more engaged and more productive team…

  • Be sure to survey staff regularly on the myriad issues that drive employee engagement – in a recent blog about staff retention we highlighted a broad range of motivating factors such as comradeship, autonomy and fun. Money doesn’t always come top of the list…
  • Survey showing staff have lost their mojo? Get expert help from outside the business to help identify weaknesses and how to overcome them – and ask staff themselves. Thumbs up from everyone? Don’t get complacent – find ways to maintain satisfaction and motivation levels (perhaps with a few perks thrown in)
  • Once the company has an employee engagement strategy in place, it should be the thread that runs through all KPIs, not just a tick box activity. Key principles should be communicated to all managers and they should be provided practical advice on how to implement engagement tools and monitor progress. You might wish to consider using analytics to uncover patterns of performance across the organisation
  • It’s not set in stone – human beings are temperamental beasts and staff will come and go, so your company should make sure their employee engagement strategy is flexible and review it monthly. Plans must be adaptable too. With a mix of personalities at play, a one size fits all approach won’t be successful. Some personalities will respond well to educational offerings such as training, others to regular communication forums such as team meetings and one to ones, others to champion programs that give them a feeling of ownership and confidence. Make it a strengths-based culture

Wote Street People is a recruitment agency that can help match you with the right job and company. If you’re looking for a full or part time work in Basingstoke give our experienced team a call on 01256 799127 to arrange an appointment.

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