It’s the People, People!


A guest post I wrote for the New to HR Blog… It never ceases to amaze me when I hear many c-suite executives talk about their talent. “It’s all about the people,” they may quip. “You have to get the most talented, motivated employees possible.” But the response I hear from many of these ‘valued’ employees is that all they miss is an asset tag pegged on them. The constant feedback is that an institutions physical assets are better tracked than its human capital.

I posed to ask myself why this may be the case. It would suffice to say that it boils down to one word; Engagement. There is a massive disconnect between the company executives and the ‘rest of us’.

“Only 13% of employees worldwide are engaged at work, according to Gallup’s new 142-country study on the State of the Global Workplace.” [TweetMe]

A whooping 63% of employees are disengaged at work… meaning they lack motivation and are less likely to invest discretionary effort in organizational goals or outcomes. And 24% are ‘actively disengaged’, indicating they are unhappy and unproductive at work and liable to spread negativity to coworkers. In rough numbers, this translates into 900 million not engaged and 340 million actively disengaged workers around the globe.”

Now, some may be surprised by these statistics. Others will dismissively indicate they do not apply to them. Yet, if they were adequately alert, they may discover that a good portion of the companies internet broadband is consumed by job searches initiated by the very employees they claim are not part of the statistics!

“Employee engagement is the emotional commitment the employee has to the organization and its goals,” says Kevin Kruse. [TweetMe]

Three critical gears, I believe, drive the engine of engagement. These are Communication, Growth and Trust.

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Certified Professional Coach, Communication Specialist & Author

I help motivated but overwhelmed individuals and organizations regain their purpose to lead so they can focus on what matters most to build a transformational legacy.