The latest Gallup data on employee engagement seems encouraging. But is it really? They say that worldwide employee engagement is a record high. But that number is just 23% of employees. That leaves more than ¾ of workers not engaged. The U.S. numbers are slightly better at 32%, a figure that has not substantially changed over 10 years.
But having less than a third of employees “engaged” is not something to be proud of. Compare that with what Gallup calls Best-Practice Organizations where engagement has been consistently scored around 72% for much of the last decade.
Developing engagement is not a cost of business it’s an investment in your business. Engaged employees are more productive. Engaged employees are healthier and more satisfied. Engaged employees generate better financial performance.
What is your organization doing to create an engaged employee population? More importantly, what more can you do to demonstrate your commitment to employees? Consider these Social Intelligence training options:
Adaptive Mindset for Resilience– Resilience and adaptability are essential parts of a healthy and thriving team or organization. This training helps enhance engagement by showing people how to recognize and overcome their negativity bias. People learn a process of challenging their automatic negative thoughts, and then finding more productive ways to think and behave during difficult times. Instead of feeling paralyzed, people learn strategies to adapt and interpret events more realistically, which leads to empowerment and control over their thoughts and actions.
SOCIAL STYLE for Communication– An engaged employee population needs a common culture, understanding and purpose. SOCIAL STYLE training teaches people to be aware of their own behavior and how they are perceived by others. They learn about their natural strengths and how this helps in teams. They also recognize their shortcomings and how these can impede their performance and effectiveness with other team members. Critically, they learn how to recognize the behavioral styles and strengths of other team members, and how to communicate with them in ways that lead to understanding and acceptance. This helps teams to be more effective and more collegial, which improves engagement.
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