What percentage of Americans feel engaged when they are at work? 40%? 50% 65%?
Recent research reveals that only 30% say that their work engages them (Gallup, 2013). The global version of this research reveals that only 13% of people around the world answer ‘yes’ to this question. This issue is being called an organizational crisis and reveals both tremendous problems and opportunities in our workplaces.
So how can you personally ensure that you are increasing your level of engagement? Here are four ideas:
In addition to what we need to do individually, the engagement problem also requires employers and managers to act. A study by the New York Times and the Harvard Business Review revealed that employee engagement increases as their workplace address four core needs:
The things noted above are not revolutionary. We know most, if not all of the things on this list. However, there is a gap between what we know and what we do. Until we learn to practice these things, we have to oversee a workforce of many people who would rather not be there. To me, this is indeed a crisis, a crisis in need of bold and fresh leadership.
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Jeff Suderman is a futurist, professor and consultant who works in the field of organizational development. He works with clients to improve leadership, teamwork, organizational alignment, strategy and organizational Future-Readiness. He resides in Palm Desert, California. Twitter: @jlsuderman