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6 things you should know about the state of employee engagement

5224538605_0ebe9f0d93_bIn the grand scheme of things, the goal of the typical company is to maintain a steadily high level of employee retention and productivity around the office. As long as your employees continue coming into work each day and achieving at a relatively high level, your business will be in position to succeed.

Unfortunately, there’s one common problem these days that often prevents companies from reaching their productivity goals, and that’s a depression in America’s overall level of engagement. Simply put, people these days aren’t very happy with their jobs.

If you enjoy coming into the office on a daily basis, you’re not alone, but you’re alarmingly close. The vast majority of people are merely playing out the string while they look for another job opening – possibly with a new employer.

According to Red Branch Media, this means it may be worth investing in ways to increase engagement in your office. If you can reach a point where the majority of employees are happy at your place of business, that should represent an enormous competitive advantage in the marketplace, says employee engagement expert Noelle Murphy. It’s worth thinking about.

“Don’t wince the next time someone proposes the idea of employee engagement systems to you,” Murphy advised. “Be open with yourself, your organization and your employees to beat the statistics of low engaged employees. Raise the numbers of highly engaged employees and see the difference in sales, general happiness among employees and clients and build a more collaborative office.”

It helps to know just how bad the situation has gotten for employers everywhere. Murphy reveals six sobering facts about the sad state of employee engagement today:

People feel unappreciated
It’s tough to be happy with your job if your job isn’t happy with you. Unfortunately, Red Branch Media reported that in 2015, 77 percent of people feel like their bosses don’t appreciate them enough.

Management isn’t helping
It’s not just immediate supervisors – senior managers are contributing to the problem. Among high-level business leaders, 80 percent are not passionate about their work, and that mindset tends to trickle down.

It’s not all about salaries
Contrary to popular belief, money is not usually the reason that people leave their jobs. In fact, only 12 percent of resignations are for monetary reasons. More often, people leave to find new opportunities and a happier culture.

Manager-employee relationships strained
There are a wide variety of reasons why employees might not get along with their bosses. A few examples include a lack of trust, an impersonal management style or untenable workplace politics. All of the above can hurt engagement.

Disengagement hurts ROI
According to the Huffington Post, disengaged employees cost over $500 billion per year to the U.S. economy. If you think you can’t afford a new engagement program, wake up – the cost of ignoring the problem might be far worse.

There is still hope
Amid all this gloom and doom, there are still ways to make a positive impact. For example, 90 percent of employees say they’d be more motivated if they had e-learning programs with point systems, enabling them to learn new job skills through gamification. A small gesture like this might make all the difference for your business.

Take a look at our infographic: What is employee engagement, anyway? to learn more. Ceridian. Makes Work Life Better™.

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