There are lots of costs associated with a disengaged workforce. Gallup says that disengagement costs U.S. businesses over $350 billion annually.
But as an HR pro, I’ve always found it difficult to sell the absence of expense. That’s why I think it’s more important to talk about what engaged workforces bring to the party.
- Highly profitable companies have 50% more engaged employees
- Teams with high levels of engagement sell over 20% more
So it only seems logical that, for our companies to be more successful, we need to engage our workforce. The question becomes how do you create engagement?
Dan Pink in his book “Drive” calls it autonomy. It means giving people freedom. But in a business context, you have to teach people how to effectively be autonomous. Managers can’t just say “be free” and expect employees to know exactly what to do. That’s why I believe the key is self-direction.
Self-Directed behaviors = Employee Engagement = Business Succe$$
If you’re interested in knowing specifically what those self-directed behaviors are, please check out my new whitepaper titled “6 Ways to Create an Engaged Workforce” sponsored by Ultimate Software. The whitepaper is free and no registration is required.
My thanks to Ultimate Software for sponsoring the whitepaper. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it. Cheers!