70 percent of employees in the US say they are not engaged at work according to a recent Gallop survey. As you may know, Gallup has been doing important studies on engagement. They find that productivity is higher, turnover lower, among other benefits.
When I look at how change is managed in many organizations, I am not surprised by these finding. Sad, but not terribly surprised.
Often people are not engaged because no one invited them, or they are punished for contributing ideas and critiques. This shows up in how many organizations handle change. Too bad, because change grabs people emotionally. People care about their futures. They want a say in what happens to them. They want some control over their work and their lives. And this makes an ideal place to encourage engagement.
My main web site offers many free articles, tips, and tools for leading change in ways that get people engaged during change. I invite you to take a look around.