Employee Engagement Starts With Good Managers

What do your employees want out of their jobs? If you think the answer to this question is “a paycheck,” then you’re sorely mistaken. Today’s workforce wants a lot more than money out of their jobs, they want a place to call their second home and an employer whose mission and purpose align with their own. Perhaps it’s these very desires that have led to such a high percentage of the professionals in the United States to become disengaged from their work. According to Gallup’s State of the American Workplace Report, a startling 70% of workers report being “disengaged” or “actively disengaged” from their work. As an employer, you want to make sure that the investment that you’ve made in your staff pays off, but it hardly ever as easy as saying “I pay you, so do your work and enjoy it.” In order to get the most out of your employees, you need to keep them connected to the broader happenings at your company and foster a friendly, welcoming work environment. This week on the Accolo blog is all about employee engagement, why it’s important and what you can do to create more of it at your company.  

Yes, the bottom line is the bottom line, but I can promise you that being a hard case will do as much good for your employee engagement as horror movies will to help your kids get to bed early. An engaged staff is a productive staff, making an employee friendly work environment essential for the continuing success of your company. According to this infographic from Dale Carnegie, 84% of how employees feel about their organization is driven by their immediate manager. Further, employees who believed that their manager cared about their personal lives were 3 times more engaged than those employees who didn’t believe that. Clearly, it matters who you put in management. By making sure to select managers that keep employees engaged in the broader happenings at your company and have the emotional intelligence to form strong relationships with their employees, you’ll have a happier, more engaged staff before you know it.

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