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CultureJune 23, 2016
Disengaged employees within the workplace can cause significant problems for employers. According to a US study, disengaged employees cost businesses $350 billion a year. It was also found that only 31% of workers worldwide are truly engaged.
Not only can employee disengagement cause problems due to lack of productivity, but it is also evident disengaged employees often have a lack of respect for the employer, which, in some cases, has led to costly discrimination claims and unfair dismissal applications. Often when employees are truly engaged they have a positive relationship with management and feel more comfortable discussing any concerns.
A common misconception when it comes to retaining top staff is a competitive remuneration. While salary is a key driver, recent case studies have shown that employees are looking for more. This includes:
Why is Employee Engagement Important?
Having engaged employees in the workplace can greatly impact the overall energy and culture in a positive way. Engaged employees can result in:
How do you engage your employees?
If employee engagement is key to a successful business, how do you achieve employee engagement? The first step would be to assess your current work environment and culture to identify any stand areas for improvement.
A great way to start on improving employee engagement is to engage and speak with employees to understand their needs.
Some keys questions may be:
Once you know what you need to improve, you can begin implementing changes to help engage your employees.
If you are struggling with how to manage disengaged or unproductive employees, call Employsure to make sure you are taking the appropriate steps, in line with legislative requirements. Call us today on 1300 651 415.
Louisa McInerney, Employment Relations Consultant