In a recent post for the Harvard Business Review blog, editor Gretchen Gavett reported the latest Gallup research on employee engagement. In the article, Ten Charts That Show We’ve All Got a Case of the Mondays, we learn—again—that the majority of the U.S. workforce is woefully disengaged and has been for many years. We read—again—that disengagement is associated with anxiety, stress, pain, low creativity, and future turnover. Think about that…anxiety, stress, and pain. Wow.
These facts should sound really familiar to us. They probably feel familiar, too—unfortunately. The purpose of such articles—and this blog—should be to stimulate our determination to improve the situation. But how?
The thing about engagement is that you can’t go at it directly. You have to work on the many conditions—some of which we used to call working conditions—that contribute to employees feeling stressed, fearful, and disinterested in the work. And Blanchard’s research into Employee…
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