Dec 13

Engagement and productivity

There are staggering statistics about employee engagement in the corporate world. There are actually three classifications; engaged, not engaged and actively disengaged.  Disengaged-employees cost the American economy up to $350 billion per annum due to lost productivity.

Here are a few statistical quotes from Jim Harter Ph.D., a chief scientist at Gallup:

“Engaged employees are more attentive and vigilant. They look out for the needs of their coworkers and the overall enterprise, because they personally ‘own’ the result of their work and that of the organization.”

“Engaged employees are highly involved in and enthusiastic about their work and workplace. When organizations get “engagement” right, they improve company performance and the overall lives of their employees. Only 13 percent of workers around the world, and approximately one-third of U.S. workers, are engaged in their work and workplace.”

“Employees who strongly agree that their manager focuses on their strengths or positive characteristics have more than double the odds of being engaged in comparison to the average of all employees. A strengths-based approach that defines the individual differences of each person and seeks to leverage those differences provides a more efficient path to engaging employees.”

“Most people think primarily about pay and location and, in general terms, the job title and type of work. But over time, being in a job where you can do what you do best, be recognized for your achievements, learn and grow, and be a contributing part of the decisions and progress of the organization will matter much more to your overall well-being. These things are all highly influenced by your direct manager.”

“In a recent Gallup study, we found people with the highest engagement in their work spent about four times as much time focusing on using their strengths to do what they do best in comparison to doing what they don’t do well or don’t like to do. Actively disengaged employees, on the other hand, spent about equal time focusing on their strengths as weaknesses. The single best predictor of positive mood during the day was hours spent so absorbed in work that time passed quickly.”

“Work-life balance may not be the perfect description for what most people are looking for these days. With increases in remote working and mobile technology that blends work and overall life, finding engaging work means the transition from non-work time to work time is less stressful and disruptive.”