The engagement level of an organization’s employees directly impacts important business outcomes such as profit and retention. Results from comprehensive surveys revealed three areas that are keeping employees from going the extra mile at work: recognition, growth, and management. Employees across multiple industries, functions, and job levels consistently show frustrations with these three areas.
Many employees do not feel they receive the appropriate recognition for their good performance. They are not effectively rewarded in a way that motivates them to continue to perform well. Working towards a clear career growth plan is desirable to many employees. However, most felt that they did not have a clear plan for advancement because of lack of support from management when they expressed an interest in promotional opportunities. This lack of support ties into the fact that most employees feel that the management team is not fully “in touch” with employees, causing a disconnect that leaves employees with a lack of trust in management.
What’s keeping employees from being engaged?
Lack of Recognition
Employees do not feel that good performance is recognized and effectively rewarded to motivate employees. Take time to look for good performance and acknowledge it.
Having a clear path for career advancement is important to employees but many feel that they do not have the potential for growth. Ask them where they would like to grow and then support the efforts.
Many employees do not believe the Management Team is “in touch” with or connected to employees. One of the best management tools is proximity. Get near them and you will be amazed at what you will learn.
As we roll into the end of the year, take some time to consider how you can provide opportunities to engage in a plan to make this coming year the most productive for everyone on your team.
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Travis has been an entrepreneur and business owner in Tulsa for over 30 years. He is a certified Life Options Retirement Coach and is certified to facilitate and deliver the Manager As Coach Learning Series (MACLS) through CPI. He serves on the board of Career Partners International (CPI) and is an equity partner in CPI, offering a global reach with over 220 offices.