A recent Gallup poll showed that just 13% of employees across the world feel engaged at work.
However, when even the ways of measuring employee engagement aren’t that engaging – two-thirds of employer respondents use an annual survey to measure engagement levels – is it unsurprising that staff around the world are turned off by work.
And, according to a 2017 Employee Benefits survey, the main barriers to improving employee engagement aren’t just checking up on your workforce.
Over half of HR departments cite budget as the main impediment with time a close second. Even those HR departments that want to re-engage their ailing employees, most likely, would not be able to.
Despite these hurdles, it is crucial the employers learn to engage their employees. Last week’s Glassdoor list of the UK’s 50 Greatest CEOs, highlighting the benefits of an engaged workforce.
“We know that CEO approval ratings correlate to overall employee satisfaction and trust in senior leadership, which contributes to long-term employee engagement, ultimately helping an employer’s recruiting and retention efforts,” explained Robert Hohman, co-Founder at Glassdoor.
With retention, business success and positive corporate culture linked to high levels of engagement, it’s crucial that HR Departments pinpoint what’s causing employees to become disengaged.
From Inc.com, HR Grapevine collated three of the top problems plaguing employees and sparking apathy towards work.
- The lines between home and work are blurred
With work demanding more and more time, coupled with the untrammelled rise of devices, smart phones and wearable tech, work hours increasingly extend way beyond the traditional nine-to-five. Even if what you’re doing isn’t directly job-related, there is pressure to keep ahead in your field.
Speaking to HR Grapevine, Dr Christian Jessen, Doctor and TV Presenter of the BAFTA award-winning ‘Embarrassing Bodies’, notes that: “We always feel like we should be doing something – we feel guilty about sitting and watching television. But, we need to get over that guilt if we want to fully encompass all arms of our health. Eastern medicine has been doing this for a long time, whilst in the West, we’ve been ignoring it – and look who is suffering more.”
- There’s little reset time
When workers feel a constant pressure to produce, to the point where they are terrified to take breaks or chat to their colleagues. These are important moments and can help employees make sense of their organisation and do better work.
When employees get the chance to think between tasks, and chat to their colleagues informally, they begin to understand their role in the workforce.
- Staff don’t feel valued
If recognition for hard work and achievement goes unnoticed, employees can become indifferent and lose motivation. Making people feel appreciated is the most effective way of managing employees – with those who are supported a whopping 67% more engaged.
You can read the original article in HR Grapevine here.