If you didn’t know this already, you will now. We are currently in a leadership crisis in our workforce. According to Gallup and Dale Carnegie Training companies, the current workforce is made up of a bunch of workers who aren’t really excited to be doing the work they are supposed to be doing. Nope. According to their research and their continued follow up on the research, they continue to see only about 30% of the workforce at any given time is actively engaged with their work and their company.
According to the research and specifically Dale Carnegie Training companies research. There are three major contributors that impact employee engagement. You can access white papers here on some of the research conducted.
- 1st: The employees relationship with their immediate supervisor.
- 2nd: Belief in Senior Leadership
- 3rd: Belief in the company.
As you can see all three are directly controlled by leadership, or in many cases the lack of leadership.
So what can you do about it? Well, here is the 1 BIG WAY. I understand most management and leaders are overwhelmed by many tasks and requirements of their positions. I get that. However, leaders have to spend time with people. The time you spend will show appreciation to the team members. You will also understand them better by knowing what their values and motivations are. Time spent increases trust and respect. These are two very important characteristics all leaders must have.
So what else does spending time allow you to do?
- You will be able to instill a sense of purpose in your employees because you will know them better.
- You increase communications with your employees by spending time. I have worked with hundreds of companies and the number one complaint I always hear is “lack of communication in the organization.” Spending time with your employees will obviously increase communication and their perception of increased communication.
- Employees want to work in an environment where they feel that they are supported. When you spend time with people it shows that you are supporting them and the projects that they are working on to serve the company and the business.
- Employees want to be bought in to the mission and vision of the company. When you spend time with them. You have a chance to reinforce the mission and vision of the organization and this creates more buy-in from the people that are critical for executing the mission.
As a leadership trainer I have done extensive research in the areas of employee motivation and human motivation. If you are interested in learning more about either of these topics, which feed into employee engagement complete the form below.
To your success and your future.