With nearly 70% of team members experiencing disengagement in the workplace, and 19% stating that they are actively disengaged at work, what can be done to battle this ongoing challenge for organizations and leaders alike? Not only is this a very costly problem, disengagement has the potential to have a ripple effect within a company. Studies have shown that when team members are actively disengaged, they poison the work environment so much that you would come out ahead by paying them to stay home.
As you and I know, most organizations can’t afford to just pay people to stay home. And if they did, team members displaying disengagement may continue to rise in an attempt to work less with the same amount of pay. At the end of the day, we need them to be good organizational citizens and to perform their duties and responsibilities well.
My friend, Phillip Wilson of Approachable Leadership, addressed this ever-growing challenge in his article, 5 Research Backed Ways to Improve Employee Engagement. In this article, he offers five simple strategies that leaders and organizations can use to move the needle on engagement in the right direction.
Here’s Phil’s 5 Research-backed Steps to Increase Engagement & Organizational Citizenship…
- Focus on improvement, not engagement
- Ask “What’s Next?”
- Identify a small win
- Know when you’re headed the right or wrong way
- Show your work
“You can’t force people to be engaged. Everyone is a volunteer.” – Phillip B. Wilson
Nathan R Mitchell is America’s Leading Empowerment CoachTM and the Founder of Leadership Addict. In 2010 he founded the business and leadership development company, Clutch Consulting. He is also a Certified Member of The John Maxwell Team. Originally from Springfield MO, Nathan earned his B.S. in Management and an MBA from Missouri State University. His purpose in life is to empower others to lead to their full leadership potential.