As a leader in your company or organization, a top priority is keeping employees happy, motivated and engaged. Gallup’s excellent State of the American Workplace report contains some compelling facts and statistics on employee engagement and the factors that weigh in to performance and satisfaction in the workplace. Below are five of the most interesting stats pulled from the Gallup Report, but make sure you download and read the full document for more.
1. The single biggest decision you make as a leader is who you name as managers. When you name the wrong person as a manager, nothing can salvage that decision. Not compensation, not benefits – nothing. Choose your leaders with care.
2. Of the approximately 100 million people in America who hold full-time jobs, 30 percent are engaged and inspired at work. Engaged employees are signs of good managers. Non-engaged employees (70 percent of employees) are present in their jobs, but not inspired by their work or their manager.
3. Remote workers log more hours and are more engaged. The most engaged employees are those who spend about 20 percent of the time working remotely. These employees have the ideal balance of both worlds – the opportunities for collaboration and camaraderie with coworkers at the office and the relative sense of freedom that comes from working remotely.
4. Engaged employees with more flextime had 44 percent higher wellbeing than actively disengaged employees with little flextime. Not only does a flexible work schedule keep employees more engaged, it also helps them maintain healthy lifestyles, which will show in the quality of their work.
5. These are the top three ways to improve employee engagement:
• Invest in employee selection. Select the right people.
• Develop employee strength. Building up employee strengths is far more effective than trying to improve their weaknesses.
• Enhance employees’ wellbeing. Employees who are more engaged in their jobs are generally in better health and have healthier habits than employees who are not engaged at work.
The Gallup Report is a great resource and gives insights into what Smart HR does every day. Need help? Contact us.