When most people hear the word engagement, they picture a young couple who just made a commitment. They love and trust each other and promise to help make each other the best version of themselves. Employee engagement is the same – well close, anyway.
Employee engagement is mutual commitment between the company and the employee. It’s the “we’re all in the same boat” attitude. Unfortunately, the reality is that if we are all in the same boat, we may not be going very far very fast. Bob Kelleher of the Employee Engagement Group reports that for every 10 employees, only three of them are paddling. Five are simply passengers in the boat and two are actively trying to sink it!
This is a serious issue for leaders. Thirty five percent of U.S. workers said that they would willingly forgo a pay raise to see their direct supervisor fired. Can you imagine? In essence, they would pay to have their boss fired. On the opposite end of the spectrum, highly engaged employees are 480% more committed to helping their companies succeed.
So, how can leaders put paddles in the hands of every passenger? In a word; TRUST. Employees say that they feel more engaged when they have leaders who:
- Care about their employees
- Are people of integrity
- Are competent and qualified for their job
Are you ready to create a work environment where employees feel engaged? Be sure to watch this short video created by Employee Engagement for helpful tips about how to make everyone on board productive, whether you’re the boss or an employee who “wants to paddle more vigorously.”
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