Winning Employees through Engagement
It’s estimated that employees and managers give ⅓ of their adult lives to employers. Layer that sobering percentage with an October 2011 Gallup finding that seventy-one percent of American Workers are either “not engaged” or “actively disengaged.” Any manager paying attention to the implications of the mixture of the two figures should be thinking, “Crap!”
Too many work environments deplete those entrusted to grow the business. It’s time for change!
21st century leaders are not willing to let the ⅓ be a drag on employees’ lives or their own. Such leaders are not willing to let a lack of engagement be a drag on success, or let it weaken corporate culture.
Of course the question is what to do? Middle-managers need to take action and not wait for senior managers to declare a solution is on its way. Executives are busy removing cost from the business or finding ways to increase profit through sales, R&D, or other channels. Their focus is elsewhere.
Too many work environments deplete those entrusted to grow the business.
But reality is middle-managers have a direct influence on employees and the work environment in which they work. This is an advantage. So the solution truly is in the hands of middle-managers.
With this in mind, we at Switch and Shift are excited to introduce our second blog series. This time we’ve invited over 30 bloggers to explore how managers can win employees through engagement. Win them over before leaving. Or becoming toxic in place. Or telling their friends not to apply for a position at the company. Or . . .
We’ve asked our 30+ guest bloggers to explore how or why winning employees through engagement matters.
So the solution truly is in the hands of middle-managers.
The Winning Employees through Engagement series starts tomorrow. It runs through November. We want to see you come back daily to feed your mind; spark new actions in your leadership and in your teams.
Sure times are rough, but we believe work doesn’t need to suck. It can be a highlight in life. A source of joy. Employee engagement can help build thriving work places.
Read these posts from the series’s first week of October 8, 2012
Ellen Weber “Engage (Employees) Mindfully”
Roy Saunderson “Engaging Employees with Recognition”
Tanveer Naseer “The Missing Link to Fostering Employee Engagement”
Todd Dewett “Employee Engagement Starts with You, Not Them”
Photo by Taha Alasari