For years, employers have despaired over Gallup’s dismal engagement data. The organization’s 2017 “State of the Global Workplace” report revealed that a whopping 85 percent of employees aren’t engaged — or are actively disengaged. The cost to businesses? A cool $7 trillion in lost productivity each year.
In response, employers have thrown perks and various engagement tools at workers: nap pods, Ping-Pong tables, snacks. Making work a more enjoyable place to be should boost engagement, right?
Wrong: A Society for Human Resource Management report found that 70 percent of employees are engaged when they’re empowered to handle opportunities and problems at work. Underscoring that point, a study revealed that people who were highly empowered at work had engagement in the 79th percentile.
Empowerment is clearly a way to solve employers’ engagement woes. But how can they truly give their workers ownership and not make “empowerment” a token phrase?
Letting purpose fuel their efforts.
Deloitte found that 73 percent of people who work in purpose-driven environments are engaged. But there’s a drop of 50 percentage points for those who don’t work for purpose-driven companies: Only 23 percent of them feel engaged. It’s clear that employees take ownership when they care about what they’re doing.