According to a survey published this month by Right Management, 83% of employees said they are actively seeking a new position for 2014. Gallup’s State of the American Workplace study earlier this year found that 70% of workers are not engaged or actively disengaged and emotionally disconnected from their workplaces, and thus less likely to be productive. Gallup’s research also finds that engagement is strongly connected to business outcomes essential to an organization’s financial success.
Here are three workplace trends that are likely to keep employees engaged and retained in 2014:
With the collaborative economy pushing businesses into the next phase of social business, executives must learn how to motivate, encourage and lead employees [and customers too] in a way that adds value to everyone involved in the collaborative work environment. Employees and customers are collaborating on products, services and content more than ever before. In preparation for the collaborative economy, consider what role do executives play in fostering a collaborative environment when employees and customers can receive what they need from each other?
A common answer is that the system is to blame — dealing with corporate bureaucracy pulls us away from our role as a manager of others, and it doesn’t reward us for being good at that job either. The few that succeed do so despite, not because of, the rules and procedures within which they work.
A second view is that there is a form of knowing-doing gap — managers know they should be delegating more and giving credit to others, but they struggle to do so because their default behavioural setting is one of control and self-promotion.
Julian Birkinshaw from London Business School examines innovative approaches to seeing the world through the eyes of your employees.
A growing number of 'intrapreneurs' are trying to transform businesses from the inside. Maggie De Pree and Alexa Clay share tips for shifting the system (How does Gandhi's quote "Be the change you want to see in others" relate to #intrapreneurship?
Do you ever find yourself buried deep in a project, overwhelmed by the details, and not knowing where to go next? Or other times, when you are working with a team, do you walk away feeling like it was 3 parts drama and 1 part progress?
Leading others means dealing with a maelstrom of relationships implying an enormous amount of emotional management. As a leader, you are operating in settings rife with strife, which if left unresolved, can become a festering drag on an organization’s effectiveness. People who cannot forgive get stuck into a downward spiral of negativity, taking everyone around them with them.