Gallup's State of the American Workplace survey reports that 70 percent of U.S. workers are not engaged at work.
A while back, the Washington Business Journal asked me to write something about the Gallup 2013 State of the American Workplace report. I've long thought that Gallup has it backward and said so in a post titled "For Better Employee Engagement, Ditch Your Engagement Projects." In my post I stated that engagement projects are not the path to success. It's better to manage your people well, but chase victory. Engagement will likely follow success, not the Gallup formula of success following employee engagement.
Gallup is out with its 2013 State of the American Workplace Report. The cornerstone of the report is that 70 percent of American workers are "emotionally disconnected from their workplaces." This number has not varied by more than 4 percentage points in a dozen years.
Some people dismiss employee engagement research as "too fuzzy." Not me. We have successfully integrated key principles of employee engagement research into our recruiting process. I know it works. And naturally, as a headhunter, I'm also fascinated with how people make decisions, so I devour research on the neuroscience of decision-making.
Jessica Pryce-Jones, author of Happiness at Work and CEO of iOpener, is cited in a recent article about workplace happiness on Forbes.com. Pryce-Jones reports her research findings that “the happiest employees are 180% more energized than their less content colleagues, 155% happier with their jobs, 150% happier with life, 108% more engaged and 50% more motivated. Most staggeringly, they are 50% more productive too."