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Engaged people are less stressed, happier and more interested in what they do! No – I’m not talking about engagement in the marital sense, but rather in the sense of being there in the moment.
A recent article in Gallup Management Journal stated disengagement can be depressing in a workplace and that better engagement means better health. What’s concerning is that research is indicating 8 to 17 per cent of people in the workplace are disengaged. A true concern for any employer!
The recent economic struggles added to the issue, with many disengaged staff choosing to stay put rather than face the difficult and worrying task of finding other employment. Stagnation then becomes as difficult as staff turn over. This may now be changing as signs in the labour market in some areas are changing.
Disengaged staff can have a negative impact on your business, wider than just their own contribution. There continues to be strong links between engagement and key organisational outcomes. I mean if you’re running a customer focused business, but your staff ‘can’t be bothered’ making sales or talking to clients – that’s not good for business!
Signs of disengagement and depression can often be similar. These can include feeling empty or tired, having a lack of interest, energy or concentration, poor or lack of decision making and generally not being bothered.
The challenge is becomes even greater when the manager/owner/leader is feeling disengaged. How do they find ways to get back to having a greater bond with the workplace? Workplaces should not only be fun and engaging for staff, but for the managers/owners/leaders as well. This can be hard work when no one is helping them to engage.
There’s no magic answer to resolve engagement issues. Sometimes it’s right for people to move on. Other times it’s about creating or finding the challenge to keep people engaged. Here are a few simple ways to keep workplaces engaging:
take time to listen to those around you
give and receive feedback
set out clear plans and a future focus
outline your personal development/training ideas and do them
have conversations about high performance and what this means for your business
understand what makes teams and individuals tick
have some fun!
This explains a lot :)
Why? What? When? How?
Read time: under a minute
If you have questions with these words in them then they tend to be more thought provoking than these small words imply. Think about it.
If you ask these questions several times in conversations and really listen to the answer you can find out so much more than you think. Start by asking yourself and listening to your own response.
Well I suppose I am a few days late to say happy new year but I will say it anyway - Happy New Year.
The sales have come and gone, people are returning to work and a few resolutions may still be in tack.
The start of something new is always promising. Most business have at least one goal - generate more income than expenditure. As people we work within setting that have goals but often find setting our personal goals much more challenging.
I think this may be due to the competition for our attention and how we are influenced around what our goals should be. How should we be happy? How are we successful? What is the right level of income to feel rich? How many holidays should i have and to where?
Our goals should make us happy. We should set happy goals for 2014. It doesn’t mean they won’t be hard, or challenging, or take effort but once we achieve them they will make us happy.
For me, as for several years, 2014 will be about being more generous with my time to others, in giving and in life. It is more of a long term goal than a yearly event. I hope to volunteer at a large sporting event this year which i am excited about and will make me happy.
I hope whatever goals you have set for 2014 they make you happy :)