Essential Elements of Employee Engagement

By Dennis McCafferty
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    Checked Out, Part I

    Checked Out, Part I

    Only 34% of workers are fully engaged with their jobs and organizations.

Many organizations have an employee engagement problem, but addressing the issue successfully isn't as simple as giving raises or promotions. Instead, boosting engagement requires employers to drive toward more intrinsic values that inspire workers to maximize their performance. To illustrate how organizations are falling short, author Julie Winkle Giulioni recently compiled the following survey findings from organizations such as Linkage, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and TINYpulse. We've also included suggested best practices from Giulioni, as she cautions companies to resist attempts to prescribe a one-size-fits-all remedy. "Motivation is as unique as each individual," she writes. "Just as there are countless combinations of physical traits that make us all appear differently, there are countless combinations of psychological, emotional and spiritual traits that shape our motivation and engagement. Understanding the vast diversity of engagement triggers and motivators is the first step." Giulioni is co-author of Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Employees Want (Berrett-Koehler/available now).

This article was originally published on 2014-02-16
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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