The Engagement Myth

 A lot of leaders lie to themselves. They think they have a high performing team and that their employees are happy. They think they are doing everything right. They think no one is job hunting.

Source: Gallup

Source: Gallup

Wait- what? 87% of employees are actively disengaged?

Yep. And in another recent Gallup poll, 60% of millennials are open to different job opportunities right now and only 50% plan to be with their company one year from now. 

Leaders, if you assume everything is ok with your team, you're going to be disappointed. Check your behaviors, because is something from the list below is missing, you're fostering disengagement. 

  • Setting clear goals
  • Communicating a vision
  • Offering support and encouragement
  • Providing stimulating work
  • Focusing on team interests and needs
  • Setting a good example
  • Interacting with employees daily
  • Providing opportunities for recognition

There are some factors of disengagement you can't control. But these you can. So if you aren't doing them, start (and boy is this book a good resource). And if you are doing them, reevaluate their frequency and effectiveness. It's worth it.