Read something over the holiday from HR Consultant Towers Perrin.
They surveyed 85,000 workers (at large and mid-size companies) in 16 countries.
- 14% (!) of workers are FULLY ENGAGED on the job (willing to go the extra mile for their employers, doing more than their job description requires, etc.).
- 62% (!!) are MODERATELY ENGAGED.
- 24% (!!!!) (the remainder) are DISENGAGED!
The leader of the Towers Perrin practice in the Chicago office said that “ENGAGEMENT requires a worker’s HEART as well as MIND. It involves not just an EMOTIONAL attachment to the company but also a RATIONALE way to channel those emotions to elevate a company’s performance.”
They went on to say that “ENGAGEMENT levels vary from industry to industry, but the most striking variance involves NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS.”
“THE WORKERS TEND TO BE MORE COMMITTED THAN EMPLOYEES AT FOR-PROFIT CONCERNS BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE IN THEIR EMPLOYER’S MISSION.”
In the For Impact world, we already know this. We didn’t need a survey. Our PEOPLE/TALENT are, for the most part, deeply committed … which is why we can achieve so much, with so little.
P.S. If yours aren’t (ENGAGED/COMMITTED), you need to do something about your “BUS”.