Gallup reports that only 33% of the 100 million people in the American workforce are engaged at work, loving their jobs and their organization. Conversely 16% of the workforce is actively disengaged, miserable and poisoning their cultures. The remaining 51% are not engaged – they just show up. This means that 67% of your workforce is disengaged.
Traditional leadership styles, benefits packages and training initiatives clearly are not working. The old command-and-control style of leadership is not only ineffective but not respected by millennials who represent the largest sector in the workforce today. Productive and engaged work cultures are switching from power struggles to coaching conversations. They realize purpose and flexibility trump paychecks and perks. They take less stock in annual employee engagement surveys and have monthly check-in coaching conversations for development. And they make sure their employees know the company is interested in their development, building their self-awareness and helping them understand how to best use their strengths.
With 51% of U.S. employees actively looking for a new job or watching for openings there is no time to waste in developing your team. Leaders must develop and live a healthy cultural brand, maintain a safe environment for crucial conversations, listen to their constituents and be ready to switch gears immediately. They must be flexible and know how to engage workers across multiple teams and locations.
If we don’t adjust our work environments to the career needs of our constituents, they will leave. Lack of career growth opportunities is the leading reason for employees exiting a job, with pay and benefits, management, culture and job fit trailing behind.
Show your employees, especially high performers, how you are personally interested in their development.
As a leader you are in a position to shape talent or allow it to go flat. Be creative! Put the energy back in your team. If you like these tips, here's a link to my new FREE eBook - 31 Executive Presence Practices for Leaders in the High Stakes Corporate World >>> https://www.maryleegannon.com/31-success-practices-for-leaders
If you are struggling with uncertainty and feeling ineffective in your career watch my FREE Training on Three Ways to Move to the Next Level In Your Career Right Now to 1) identify the right role for you, 2) position your transferable skills and 3) create a career portfolio that sells you before you even get an interview. If you don't know where you will be at the end of the year, you are already there.
P.S. Feel free to send this link to someone who could benefit from it. We are all walking down the same road in life looking for a hand to hold. Sometimes we must be the hand that reaches out.
Mary Lee Gannon, ACC, CAE is an executive coach and 19-year corporate CEO who helps leaders have more effective careers, happier lives and better relationships. Request a free consultation call.
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