20 Sep 3 employee-engagement killers to avoid
Over the years, we’ve walked into many offices and sensed palpable disengagement from employees. We try to turn around that feeling of disconnection by making the technology they are using more suited to their needs. But sometimes there are other factors at play causing employees to become de-motivated.
A new report by employee engagement software providers Quantum Workplace suggests there are three engagement killers that companies need to be alert to, which are silently and slowly sapping the motivation out employees.
In the report, ‘2017 Employee Engagement Trends’, the company examined employee survey data from more than half a million employees across 8,700+ organisations. Here’s what it found to be the most potent employee-engagement killers:
- Keeping employees in the dark
Today’s employees crave transparency. They want to know why a business decision has been taken and how it will affect them. While many organisations have enhanced their open-door policies, they are still leaving employees in the dark on matters they feel they should know about, the report suggests. As a result, staff begin to question leaders’ decisions – as they see it, they are being taken without thought for who they will affect, even if it’s not entirely true.
- Unclear growth pathways
For most employees, their job is not just all about the paycheck – they see it as an opportunity to grow and further their career. If an organisation isn’t clear about what steps are required to achieve that professional growth, they will start to look for an employer who does offer an employee development pathway.
- Lack of recognition
Taking the time to recognise hard work and dedication is crucial to employee engagement. As well as giving due credit to a job well done, recognition also cultivates belief in future success. That’s because recognition and confidence go hand-in-hand. Staff need to know that what they’re contributing is valued, otherwise they’ll start to care less about their contribution.
Remember, employee engagement not only plays a part in satisfaction levels, it also helps drive up productivity and profitability, while driving down costs associated with recruitment and absenteeism. So, make sure the tools and processes used by your business are people-focused, and are helping to make their working lives better.