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Training and Development: Are Your Employees Engaged?

Posted by Kip Kelly on Sep 4, 2013 9:01:00 AM

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I was just reading our latest talent development white paper written by my colleague Kimberly Schaufenbuel.  The paper looks at employee engagement and the impact, positive or negative, on your organization's bottom line.  It's a great read - with timely research, useful advice, and several examples of companies successfully boosting employee engagement - I highly recommend it.

Gallup research conducted from 2010-2012 shows that only 30% of American workers are engaged in their work. 50% of American workers are not engaged, and 20% are actively disengaged.  The actively disengaged aren’t just unhappy or dissatisfied; they’re actively working to undermine the organization - and costing the U.S. an estimated $450 billion to $550 billion annually in the process.

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(Gallup, 2013)

But do we need the research to tell us that?  It should come as no surprise that 70% of employees are not engaged or are actively disengaged.  We are still emerging from "The Great Recession" that ended years ago, leaving us stuck in a slow, uncertain recovery.  We've been living with this reality since 2008, and we know it's going to take several more years to get back to pre-recession employment levels.  The impact on workers - both employed and unemployed - has been devastating.  They have been through alot over the past 5 years and while the worst may be behind us, they know it is not over yet.

So, what is the state of employee engagement in your organization? Do you measure employee engagement, and if so, how does your organization compare to the Gallup study?  If you don't measure employee engagement (and you should), how do you think things are going?  Were you aware of the potential negative impact to your bottomline associated with disengaged employees?

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Topics: employee engagement, actively disengaged