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Employee Engagement - Where do you Stand?

Posted By: Trish Cunningham on January 3, 2018

As you leave 2017 behind, are you leaving employment engagement there, too? Forbes put out this article sharing the Gallup poll measuring employee engagement and the numbers are NOT good. In fact, if alarm bells are not going off in your head, you may not be in HR or in communications or in leadership, and even if you are not in those areas, you should understand the value of employee engagement on all levels.  According to Gallup, "51 percent of U.S. employees say they are actively looking for a new job or watching for openings." Think about that for a minute. A little more than half of your employees have at least one foot out the door.

You may recall this article by Brookwoods Group Debbie Milks from 2015: take a look at the real numbers of the cost of a bad hire (those costs have more than likely increased since this was written) and add that to the fact that your current workforce is greater than 65% disengaged, and you could have a major catastrophe in front of you and the cause and effect are directly related to making good hires and keeping talent fully engaged with the mission/direction/strategy of the company.

The best advice we can provide at this time is to engage and communicate with your employees. It won’t do your shareholders any good to completely focus on them if there is a poorly equipped team left behind as the major talent moves to a place where they have some feeling of inclusion and respect. The real message here is that while technology is great, it is human beings that drive business and we need to remember that going forward. Respect, communicate with, and reward your top talent. If you don’t, you will lose them in the long run.

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