Having an engaged and productive workforce is the goal of all companies. They want employees who are willing to go above and beyond, have a passion for their work, and they want to create a culture where top industry talent wants to work. However, creating an ideal environment that promotes strong employee engagement is easier said than done.
Recent research by Officevibe found that, overall, employees are overworked, undervalued, and unhappy. According to the data they have compiled, there are a number of common themes:
Strong and frequent communication internally is an important method to keep people engaged. According to the report, companies are failing to be effective communicators:
People want to know if they are doing a good job and they want to be part of the conversation. Management needs to work on communicating more frequently with their team.
People take their work personally, and it has an impact on their lives:
Companies need to be more cognizant of the impact work has on their lives and do a better job of hiring people who have similar core values to the organization to ensure they will get onboard and stay engaged.
Current employees are not happy with the companies they work for, and they are willing to leave.
These stats are alarming and a sure fire sign that a lack of engagement has a huge impact on the solidarity and reliability of your workforce. Many professionals are actively looking for new positions and won’t recommend your organization to others – these are two huge factors that can significantly impact your recruiting efforts.
Employee engagement is an ongoing issue for companies. It can impact recruiting, organizational culture, productivity and just about everything else. The good news is you can do something about it – by addressing it and making changes to make your company a better place to work and a more attractive place for others to want to work.
How engaged is your workforce? Even if things are good now, there is always work to do and ways to improve engagement. Make it a priority and your company will be a desirable place to work.
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Bruce co-founded IQ PARTNERS in 2001 and currently operates as Managing Partner. His personal background includes hands-on management experience in sales, marketing and marketing services. He has built management teams for a wide variety of marketing, communications, media and technology companies. He has also participated in several M&A transactions for service-based companies and is frequently called upon as a resource in the planning and negotiation of such deals.