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Are Most Employees Unhappy In Their Current Jobs?

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It was noted in a recent LinkedIn discussion on employee engagement that most employees are unhappy with their current jobs. This certainly tracks our survey results from companies all over the U.S.

A large part of the problem is too much attention to tactical solutions (do this, do that) that can miss the key point.  Engagement is a state of mind created by MANY things that go on in and around an organization.  How you influence someone’s “state of mind” involves emotions (their felt experience).  You can implement a bunch of events, new processes, etc., and still not get the discretionary effort that every employee brings to work every day.  Singular events, no matter how wonderful, cannot compensate for systemic shortcomings in the organization.

For example, if your culture is toxic and your managers are clueless about how to actually encourage engagement, then having a celebration event or implementing a new feedback system (normally VERY helpful), will not work.  The ultimate goal is to create a workplace where employees LOVE coming to work.  Short of that, it’s unlikely you will ever get high, sustainable, levels of engagement.

BEST PRACTICES TIP:   Increasing employee engagement takes more than a series of tactical events or tasks.  Managers and senior leaders need a holistic approach that uses every possible opportunity (culture, manager training, state of mind) to create a workplace where staff loves coming to work.

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The following comments are for Engagient's Employee Engagement Seminar for Managers

We were trying to get the buy-in from our Management team, prior to rolling out a new Performance Review Process and move the management style away from the industrial age style in an attempt to get our employees more engaged.  For the last 45 years we have been working under the old world style of management and old habits die hard.  The Engagient seminar on Employee Engagement was exactly what we were looking to install at Perfect Plastic Printing.

Don presented the information with a passion and energy that impacted every participant.  The information presented represented the results of research and science as opposed to just one more consultant’s opinion.  This made the buy-in so much easier.  The combination of instruction and small group exercises kept the class from getting tired and kept the information geared more toward our business as opposed to generalizing information.  Don was extremely knowledgeable on the subject and this was apparent when he answered participant questions.  He kept the conversations light and humorous, but had you believing that getting your employees more engaged is crucial to surviving in business today.  The feedback from the Management team on the seminar was all positive. Don was one of the best presenters that we have experienced at Perfect Plastic Printing.

--Carl Valenti
Director of Facilities
Perfect Plastic Printing
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