Recently the HBR Network Blog published an article about the question whether employers should ban email after working hours. In the midst of this article some astonishing Gallup's research results were mentioned. Seven in 10 American workers are “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” in their work, meaning they are emotionally disconnected from their workplaces and less likely to be productive.
Gallup has identified three types of workers: engaged, not engaged, and actively disengaged. Thirty percent of U.S. workers are engaged — they are involved in and enthusiastic about their work and company. At 52%, not engaged
workers make up the vast majority of the U.S. workplace — they are
indifferent and basically just show up, do the minimum required, get
their paycheck, and go home. Actively disengaged workers
comprise 18% of the U.S. workforce and actually work against the aims of
Even more troubling is that workplace engagement levels have hardly budged since Gallup began measuring them in 2000, with fewer than one-third of Americans engaged in their jobs in any given year.
Leaders often say that their organization’s greatest asset is its people — but in reality, this is only true when those employees are fully engaged in their jobs. Problems arise when companies make policy decisions without
considering whether their employees are engaged. If we assume work
can be engaging and rewarding, rather than a necessary burden, our
assumptions about people and policy become quite different. Organizations that want to build the 21st century intelligent enterprise need to have an engaged workforce. Gallup lists three ways to boost engagement:
1. Select the right people
2. Develop employees' strengths
3. Enhance employees' well-being
It becomes more and more clear that the traditional solutions don’t work anymore.
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