THESE ARE THE 4 REASONS WHY YOU MUST IMMEDIATELY TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR CREATING AN ENGAGED WORKPLACE AND 4 WAYS HOW TO DO IT
Alex stretched out letting the best dream ever slowly fade away. Opening one eye, Alex looked at the clock. It was 7:35 a.m.! What happened? The alarm must not have gone off. Now there was only a half hour to get ready and get to work!
Alex quickly threw the covers back and ran for the bathroom thinking, “This has got to be the quickest shower ever. I don’t want to be late.”
Five minutes later Alex was in the kitchen, a piece of toast with peanut butter in hand and a glass of orange juice on the counter. Five minutes after that Alex was grabbing a briefcase and car keys and headed for the door.
As Alex was locking the apartment door, Gerry from across hall commented, “You seem to be in a hurry.”.
“I am,” Alex replied. “I’m late for work.”
“Oh,” Gerry said, a puzzled look crossing his face. “I didn’t know you worked on Saturday.”
Alex’s mouth dropped open in shock. That’s why the alarm didn’t ring this morning! Turning back around, Alex opened the door, disappointed. There would be no going to work today!
Are you one of the engaged or disengaged people at work?
Have you ever felt as excited as Alex to go to work? Do you have employees or co-workers that are that eager to be at work? If you’re like us, you’ve rarely heard Alex’s story of someone so engaged in their job. That’s because, in most organizations, employees don’t want to be there. The “technical” term for that is disengagement. Let us explain.
The engagement research is clear
For the most part, workers are dissatisfied with their jobs, feeling under-appreciated and not working in their areas of strength most of the time. The majority – 55% to be exact – are simply putting in the time required to claim their pay cheque.
Worse, 17% of any given workforce is actively disengaged from their work. That means that only 28% of an average team is actively engaged in their work.
Think about that. Only three out of 10 members on a team are actively engaged in the work of their organization. Are you one of the three?
Engaged people enjoy their work.
We spend A LOT of time at work. Do you know how much time?
Assuming a 40 hour work week, eight hours of sleep per night and a conservative two hours per day for getting ready for work as well as commuting to and from work, we spend 45% of our waking hours in service to the businesses and organizations we work in. That’s a significant chunk of our life on a weekly basis. Surely we want that time to be at least somewhat enjoyable?
However, the reality is for most people, that the majority of our time at work is not enjoyable. For many, it is bearable at best and painful at worst.
Engaged people create engaged workplaces
Organizations, through their people, are responsible for creating workplace cultures that draw people to them. This type of workplace, a magnetic workplace, takes time and effort to create. That’s probably why you are reading this blog because you want to do that.
Again, we all know that workplaces are rarely magnetic – spaces where people, like Alex, can’t wait to go. In fact, in many instances, workplaces are barely tolerated by the employees who work there. There are exceptions to this generalization – Wegmans Food Markets, Atlassian, Google, WL Gore and Kimpton Hotels are a few examples – but they are the exceptions.
Engagement starts with one person - that could be you!
But wait a minute. What if your organization could grow that 3 to a 5 or 7. Imagine that the majority of your employees are actually engaged, enthusiastic, hopeful. When you take responsibility for creating an environment like that, here’s what would happen, you’d create a magnetic work environment, and the results would be astounding.
The reasons why you need to take responsibility for creating an engaged workplace
If you took responsibility for creating an engaged workplace, we predict you will notice these 4 powerful results:
The 4 ways you can take responsibility for creating engagement
You may be thinking that this is going to be difficult. It doesn’t have to be, but it will take effort and time. How do you exchange a barely tolerable workplace for one where people are drawn to it? You make the shift by realizing that the change begins with you. To be a catalyst for change, you need to be the one to take the first step and do as Gandhi suggests, be the change you wish to see in your organization. That happens when:
In our work with organizations and the people in them, we’ve discovered that these core concepts are crucial if you want to establish and maintain a magnetic workplace. In fact, we’ve made this our life’s work.
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Articles by Bill Scott & Kathy Archer
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