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New Study Shows Half of Your People Are Disengaged
you ever wondered how many of your employees were really
You know, really trying to do what the company was trying to
do, to the best of their ability? People can put on a good show.
It's hard to tell who is really with the program and who is just
doing a good job of "looking the part."
A shocking new study recently reported that Only
52% of employees were engaged in their work
and their jobs.
|That means that roughly
half of your people are
going in a different direction or
just going through
This study was conducted among 2,000 employed individuals, in
more than 25 industries in the US and Europe.
You may think that your company is not that bad, but what arguments
can you make that your people would be much different or better
Gallup found similar results about
20 years ago. They found that 50% of workers were only
doing enough to get by. 75% said
they could be significantly more effective.
It's so powerful to have data to clarify what we may have suspected
to be true, but really had no way of verifying from our vantage
point as employers.
Getting into the details . . .
An "Engaged" employee
means they "Know What To Do" (understand
the "vision" of the company) and "Want
To Do It" (demonstrate "commitment" to
||So really we have a double
We need to get our vision across to
we need to motivate them to
be committed to the company and to carrying out the mission.
So what can be done about this?
There was a bit of good news in
the study. It found that employees who perceive a pay-for-performance culture
are seven times more likely to be "Engaged."
This helps point the way . . .
So another way of stating this finding is if you don't
have pay-for-performance, you are dramatically
reducing the likelihood that your employees will be
This makes sense if we consider that in specifying what performance
is, we are at least to some degree, defining the mission or vision.
It's telling them what we want to
a certain degree. And by tying their pay to it, we are making
it more likely that they will "go
after" the things we want them to - the performance.
So this makes sense that it would increase or promote engagement.
"Engagement" can be such an elusive thing. It's useful
to have this insight and clarity about how to make it happen.
High Performance Attitude
Creating environments where employees love their work has been
a priority and a resounding theme for me my entire work life.
||When I was in grade school, I lived in
I actually attended a school that was so close to the Indy
500 race track that you could hear
the cars on the track. When you're a six-year-old
boy, it doesn't get much better than that!
The high performance attitude got into my blood.
For the racers, being on the track was living. Everything
else was just waiting.
They would literally die doing their job. I didn't
know how I was going to do it, but I
wanted to be that excited about my work too.
People should have a great time at work and be making powerful,
meaningful contributions to the work and themselves. It's a deplorable
shame if they aren't.
|Many clients have told me that they wanted
to create what Gainsharing represents, but just didn't
know how, in a detailed way, to
make it happen.
Do you have pay-for-performance now
— for your management team,
for your supervisors,
for your hourly workers? If pay-for-performance
is a good idea for your management, wouldn't it be a good idea
for everyone as well?
What would it be like if all of your employees knew where we
need to be performance-wise in a week, knew if they were "carrying
their weight," what the problems were, and could see that
you were aggressively attacking the problems keeping us from
the weekly goals.
Would that be valuable? Do you think it would make a difference?
So what can you do to take advantage of this
This first step is to gather information.
If you would like to "put your toe
in the water" (without needing to talk with anyone),
you can request our Gainsharing
Executive Briefing DVD by clicking
If you find it interesting, we can put some data together for
your Company to get into the specifics of how
this would work for you.
That fact that it's currently working for so many other companies
puts you at greater risk for not exploring your options than
taking a quick look at what is possible for you. Don't you agree?
Whenever you’re ready . . . here are
six ways we can help you:
1. Gainsharing Executive
This free DVD gives a quick primer on Gainsharing and it's “must
have” features. It was created by a television producer
and includes on-site interviews with actual Gainsharing users. Click
here to request your free copy.
2. Gainsharing BluePrint
Answers the question “How could this be applied in
my Company?” Outlines both the formula and “Boots
on the Ground” connection fundamentals required for
an effective Gainsharing system. Click
here to request more info.
3. “40 Minutes
to a 5 to 15% Productivity Improvement” Webinar
Learn how to motivate employees and give them “skin
in the game” to drive results. Click
here for direct access.
4. Invite me to speak
for your group or trade organization
I would be pleased to serve your trade organization or other
groups as a speaker. Click
here to email me about your opportunity.
5. In-person, on-site
presentation at your company
Let’s put a presentation together for your Management
Team and others. It’s an ideal way to explore how Gainsharing
applies to your specific circumstances without the cost or
inconvenience of travel for your people. Click
here to email me to discuss customizing the presentation
for your Company.
6. Webinar for your
We can also develop a custom webinar presentation for your
company. This makes it easy to get a quick overview using
technology to maximize convenience. Click
here to email me to request more info.
About the Author:
Dr. Charles DeBettignies is President of Gainsharing Inc., a
firm specializing in Gainsharing Systems, and offering information,
education, training, design and implementation assistance.
Are you interested
in Gainsharing, but have questions about
how it would be applied specifically in your Company? If so,
give us a call at 317-371-1021. We have a special,
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