“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.”
~ Vince Lombardi
Becoming emotionally engaged on the job…. The Workforce “Engagement Gap”
A study of workers in 19 countries shows that only 21 percent of workers are “engaged” in their work.
The study by Towers Perrin, a consulting firm, indicates that workers in the U.S. rank fourth among other countries in levels of emotional connection with their company. Stating 29 percent of U.S. workers are connected.
In addition to that 29 percent in the U.S., another 43 percent were classed as “enrolled” or on their way to becoming engaged in their work.
While focusing on customers was a key driver of engagement, being aware of what they need to do to add value and being willing to do it were big factors in job satisfaction. Compensation was less of a driver than was the feeling that the company was interested in their well-being.
Other factors included the opportunity to improve skills, career advancement opportunities, having challenging work assignments, and having input into department decisions.
A good relationship with the boss was important, as was working for an organization that solved customer problems and was socially responsible.
The study also revealed that an increase in levels of “engaged employees” equates stronger financial performance of those companies..
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