First the good news. Better interpersonal communication means stronger relationships and tighter teamwork. That translates into higher employee engagement, higher productivity, higher profitability – not to mention the mental health improvements that come when people experience more joy, purpose and vitality at work.
Now the bad news. Gallup’s most recent State of the Global Workplace Report says that 80% of employees globally (and 89% in Western Europe) are not engaged at work.
This is a crisis of massive proportion. It creates a climate for burnout, excessive stress and personal breakdowns. And, it means companies of all sizes are losing significant amounts of money from higher absenteeism and lower productivity.
It’s also a financial drain. One estimate says that every disengaged employee costs a company the equivalent of 34% of that person’s salary. What does that mean for you? Well, add up all the money you pay your people, multiply that by 80% of the number of employees in your organization, and then multiply that by 34%. That’s a lot of cash going right out the door.
Back to the good news. You can help make work work better for your employees, yourself and your company. Applying the principles of Authentic Communication can help. I’ll be writing a short series of articles on how you can introduce this simple and rich methodology to help re-ignite enthusiasm and engagement in your team.
You can also check out my video, which talks about the employee engagement crisis and two other workplace trends of our time: trust erosion and loss of psychological safety.
I’d love to read your comments and learn how you support your teams and colleagues so they feel more engaged at work.
#Teamwork is #LovingWork