A Case for Purpose and Meaning at Work
Two recent surveys have revealed that a majority of American workers are not fully engaged in their jobs. As a leader, it’s important for you to strive to keep purpose and meaning in the lives of your staff; otherwise, your business will inevitably suffer.
The first survey, conducted by Gallup beginning in the fourth quarter of 2010 to explore workers’ engagement levels, developed an employee engagement index that is based on responses to 12 actionable workplace elements with proven linkages to performance outcomes. These include productivity, customer service, quality, retention, safety and profit. Additional research showed significant linkages between engagement at work and health and wellbeing outcomes.
Gallup notes that a strong relationship has been identified between employees’ workplace engagement and their respective company’s overall performance
The study revealed that 71 percent of workers are either “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” in their work, meaning they are emotionally disconnected from their workplaces and less likely to be productive. It’s a trend that remained stable throughout 2011.
Additionally, respondents with at least some college education were significantly less likely to be engaged in their jobs than those with a high school diploma or less. Workers in the 30 to 64 age group were less likely to be engaged at work than are those who are younger or older, and men are much less likely than women to be engaged at work.