The latest Gallup poll (October 2013) on the State of the Global workplace shows only 13% of the worldwide workforce is engaged. (The U.S. and Canada has the highest number of engaged workers: 29%.)
” The bulk of employees worldwide — 63% — are “not engaged,” meaning they lack motivation and are less likely to invest discretionary effort in organizational goals or outcomes. And 24% are “actively disengaged,” indicating they are unhappy and unproductive at work and liable to spread negativity to coworkers. ” Gallup
Gallup says this dis-engagement has slowed economic growth worldwide and contributed to social unrest. If that’s not a clarion call for organizations to get to the root of employee dis-engagement, what is? And, Daniel Pink, author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us , says it’s not about the external stuff: money and promotions. It’s about our need to learn, create, achieve mastery and make a difference.
We can’t do that without respect for who we are and the talents we bring to the workplace.
If you don’t want to lose your best and brightest, here are a couple of video trainings that are beautifully produced and will sensitize your workforce to the everyday slights that chip away at self-esteem and respect:
- Anyone Can be an Ally: Used by AT&T, Merck, Citigroup, Bank of America, Hewlett-Packard, DuPont, the NSA, and many other corporations, government agencies, and hundreds of colleges and universities.
- Ouch! Your Silence Hurts: Speak up to make a difference when colleagues are disrespected. Wouldn’t you want someone to speak up for you?
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