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Written by Karen Muggleton

A recent global Gallup survey revealed only 13% of employees (or 1 in 8) worldwide are engaged at work, psychologically committed to their jobs and likely to be making positive contributions to their organizations.

This finding is the result of a 142-country study on the State of the Global Workplace. The majority of employees worldwide i.e. 63% are "not engaged," meaning they lack motivation and are less likely to invest discretionary effort in organisational goals or outcomes. More concerning is that 24% are "actively disengaged", and this results in unproductive employees at work who typically spread negativity to co-workers. Sound familiar?

Numerically speaking, this translates into:

  • 900 million employees not engaged; and
  • 340 million actively disengaged workers around the globe.

Low levels of engagement make it impossible for businesses to thrive, and reduces life quality. Thankfully there is something you can do to improve employee performance.

The Gallup report recommends that business leaders worldwide must raise the bar on employee engagement, and that increasing workplace engagement is vital to achieving sustainable growth for companies, communities, and countries, and for putting the global economy back on track to a more prosperous and peaceful future.

Improving Engagement

  1. The first step is to uncover what is causing the lack of engagement, and this needs to be done through a business review that incorporates both management and staff.
  2. Next, a HR plan needs to be developed, to both minimise risk to the business, ie to get the foundations right, and to maximise sustainability.
  3. The research screams that this proven process enhances engagement, and increases bottom line results.

For assistance to get more out of your staff, contact an employee engagement professional.