When you look as closely at engagement as we have, you’ll see that there are four factors that influence the engagement of your workforce:
1/ The strength of your culture
2/ The contribution of teams
3/ The impact of leadership
4/ The power of the individual
Any number of things – from how the organisation is doing, to problems in the team, to the manager’s leadership style – can significantly affect how engaged employees are and the level of effort they are willing to give their organisation.
Employees want to feel good about the work their organisation does, and they want to have the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to it.
While it might not be realistic to change the core work of the organisation, it is possible to highlight the meaningful work that is already happening and bring it to the forefront.
Many employees also want to know that what they do has a larger impact on the world outside. This is particularly important because 85 per cent of employees say they are more likely to stay longer with an employer that shows a high level of social responsibility.