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The cost of low employee engagement and how to improve it

Dr. Diane Hamilton
June 7, 2022
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Many people misunderstand the meaning of engagement. It is important to note one of the most prevalent employee engagement myths, that engagement does not mean satisfaction. An employee engagement guide would tell you that employee engagement refers to an emotional commitment to an organization and its goals. Low employee engagement, generational conflict, emotional intelligence, and other communication issues are some of the most requested speech topics by organizations.

This is not surprising because 60-80% of all difficulties in organizations stem from relationship-based issues.  Numerous studies have demonstrated a correlation between engagement and performance.  Leaders with high levels of engagement also were more transformational, had higher levels of interpersonal skills, and had a better sense of well-being.

Also Read: The best ways to boost employee engagement

How to handle low employee engagement at work

It behooves companies to improve employee engagement strategies for a multitude of reasons, including retention issues. Gallup found that the cost of low employee engagement was estimated at $550 billion annually in the U.S.

With all the chatter about how often employees, especially Millennials, job-hop, it is important to consider why.  Studies indicate multiple reasons.  Talent Solutions found that 42% of job switchers stated they might have remained with their companies had they had better opportunities, benefits, recognition, and rewards.

low employee engagement

To appreciate the importance of engagement, leaders must consider who lacks engagement and why. (Check out these employee engagement ideas). Organizations may be able to not only improve turnover with improved engagement, but they may also be more profitable.  Organizations have shown a 6% higher net profit margin if their companies have high levels of engagement. It can be helpful to look at some startling statistics provided by SHRM, Gallup, and other top researchers.

  • 87% of employees are not engaged at work.
  • Engaged companies have a 6% higher net profit margin.
  • Managers spend up to 40% of their day dealing with conflict.
  • Women are 35% engaged; men are 29% Engaged.
  • 29% of Millennials are engaged at Work.
  • Millennials change jobs more than three times that of non-Millennials.
  • Engaged Millennials are 64% less likely to switch jobs.
  • 59% of Millennials, 44% of Gen Xers and 41% of Baby Boomers say opportunities to learn and grow are extremely important to them when applying for a job.

Also Read: 8 steps to choosing an employee engagement software

To create improved engagement, employers should focus on communication, growth, development, recognition appreciation, trust, and confidence. Understand the benefits of employee engagement software. Since engagement is an emotion-based issue, it could be critical to create a baseline measurement of employees’ emotional intelligence.  Emotional-based assessments like the EQ-i or employee engagement surveys may be useful. Leaders must share the results with their employees to develop action plans to improve any personal issues employees may have.  

Also Read: The Biggest Employee Engagement Mistakes!

Once personal emotional issues have been addressed, leaders should recognize their responsibilities to improve. Leaders need to get into the rhythm of communicating, showing concern for employee growth, recognizing achievements, and instilling trust by doing what they promise.  By improving emotional-based issues like low employee engagement, managers can use that 40% of their day with productive issues rather than dealing with conflict.

Please click on this link: to take a Generational Engagement Survey.

About the Author:

Dr. Diane Hamilton is a speaker, educator, and the co-author of It’s Not You, It’s Your Personality, and award-winning speaker at DrDianeHamilton.com.  She is a former Editor in Chief at an online education site and has written for several sites including Investopedia.  Dr. Hamilton has spoken for top companies including Forbes about topics including leadership, engagement, emotional intelligence, and generational conflict.  If you would like to learn more about these issues, you can sign up here: Contact.

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Sneha

October 25, 2021

A very inspiring list. Thanks for putting this together

Vanessa

October 25, 2021

This is such a great list of women leaders! More power to you all

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