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According to Deloitte, 64% of employees and even company leaders have no passion for their work. Is passion the new engagement? 
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According to Deloitte, 64% of employees and even company leaders have no passion for their work. Is passion the new engagement? 

"In the face of rapid technological change and global competition for talent, capital, and customers, we’re focused on the wrong thing, or at least too narrowly, if the intense investment in employee engagement has not produced employees willing and able to take on challenging issues and pursue new opportunities."

Source: www2.deloitte.com

The piece suggests these three attributes are present in passionate people. They:

  • Seek out difficult challenges
  • Connect with others to find solutions
  • Really want to make an impact

 

People with these attributes are willing to risk being wrong and able to think flexibly, learn quickly, and create new knowledge.

 

Unfortunately, most organizations do not offer an environment that inspires passion. Risk-aversion, defensiveness, command-and-control attitudes, short-term performance measures, and silos are the bane of passion.

 

Interestingly, high engagement does not seem to move the needle as much as you might think it would on passion. What does seem to correlate closely is:

  • Autonomy
  • Being measured by outcomes
  • Opportunities and encouragement for cross-functional teaming
  • Recognition for ''thinking outside the box"
  • A positive attitude toward failure

 

Their quick-start guide includes tips such as: ditching rigid processes, passion-sucking reporting requirements, and soul-crushing micromanagement.


Sage People research reveals why productivity is down; only one in three motivated 
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Sage People research reveals why productivity is down; only one in three motivated 

"New research from Sage People, ‘Why your workforce isn’t working’, looks at how employees across companies of all sizes in the US, Canada and the UK view the workplace. The overall trend in productivity growth is stagnant and has been on a downward trend for the last several years.

This is costing the US a staggering $450-$550 billion a year. Industry

Research shows that only 1 in 3 people at work are fully motivated and productive."

Source: www.sagepeople.com

Sage researchers found that many company benefits--such as ping-pong tables and company outings--aren’t improving productivity or keeping staff happy. Only 5% of employees found ping-pong beneficial, and only 9% liked company outings. More than half of respondents found games in the office distracting and a productivity pit.

 

What can organizations do to reverse this trend? Talk to your staff. Ask questions. According to the survey, almost half of respondents have never been asked by their employer how to improve their working experiences.


Subtle signs of employee engagement are everywhere, even the office fridge and bathroom stall.
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Subtle signs of employee engagement are everywhere, even the office fridge and bathroom stall.

One morning last week, I opened the office refrigerator and saw that a gallon of milk had spilled inside. It was 8:30am, and I was facing my first moral test of the day: Would I clean it up, or shut the door and slowly back away? At my old job, I’m sad to say

Source: qz.com

Engagement surveys are important, but a careful look around the office can offer a quick read. When people show respect for their space and their co-workers, it shows. 


Gallup finds huge shift in employee engagement among remote employees. Highest now among those who do so 60-80% of the time, up from 20% of the time just last year. 
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Gallup finds huge shift in employee engagement among remote employees. Highest now among those who do so 60-80% of the time, up from 20% of the time just last year. 

All employees who spend at least some (but not all) of their time working remotely have higher engagement than those who

don’t ever work remotely. And the tipping point for optimal engagement has

increased dramatically — from less than 20% of time to 60% to 80% of time

working remotely.

Source: www.gallup.com

The report also found those who work remotely 2-3 days a week feel substantially more productive than those who are office-bound or are who work remotely less frequently.