Let’s face it – humans were not built or meant to be robots. We were not made to be repeating the same things over and over again. Rather, we were meant to innovate and improve processes as time goes by.
In an earlier post, I covered the potential of pulse survey data to unlock the secrets of employee motivation and retention. Google, Amazon, and Adidas, among others, have already reported making strides in this direction.
The concept of employee engagement is nothing new -- it’s been floating around for decades. Most firms know that engaged employees stay longer, strive to work harder and produce more.
When it comes to creating employee engagement, 87% of organizations cited it as being one of their top priorities. An estimated 66% of companies survey their people regularly. Yet, in their 2017 global study, Gallup finds that only 15% of employees are engaged at work.
You might find it difficult to believe, but the annual employee survey is almost a hundred years old! In the 1920s, big industrial companies began the practice of asking employees, once a year, about their job satisfaction to search for ways to improve productivity. One time a year was how frequent employee surveys were sent.
[This post was originally published in Forbes on 9 Jun 2017]
We’re all familiar with Spider-Man’s famous catchphrase: “With great power comes great responsibility.” However, his words no longer apply exclusively to the man who does whatever a spider can.
Do you know that actively disengaged employees cost the U.S. between US$450 billion to US$550 billion each year in lost productivity? According to a Gallup report, they are more likely to steal from their companies, negatively influence their coworkers, miss workdays, and drive customers away. It all comes down to the lack of employee engagement.