Successful employee engagement only happens when employees feel their work has meaning and is fulfilling. But according to Gallup, 70 percent of employees at U.S. companies feel disengaged.
What has caused this level of disengagement? One reason: many senior executives are out of touch with their employees.
The first step in fixing this problem is to understand that to increase engagement, employees have to feel they understand the values that guide the company, and they need to see those values being demonstrated.
This points to another issue Gallup has brought to light – that only 27 percent of employees believe in their employers’ stated values. It’s not an issue of whether employees know and understand the stated values, it’s that they don’t see the values being modeled.
These are some huge problems Gallup has unearthed, but don’t simply assume that 70 percent of your employees are disengaged.
But do you know the level of engagement at your organization?
Using a values-based tool, like the Judgement Index™, is the most powerful way to measure engagement and determine any potential obstacles to engagement. Once we know where your organization stands, we can put strategies in place to improve alignment and engagement.
For example, high stress levels may be hindering employee engagement. Once we know that, we can dig deeper to find the sources of stress, address the sources, and find ways to help employees cope with stress, which in turn will drive better engagement.
When employees are fully engaged, they are motivated, committed and passionate in everything they do, and they feel a sense of ownership, accountability and responsibility for their work.
But you can’t get there without first knowing where you’re starting from.