- May 27 2014
Globally, just over a third (35%) of the workers who participated in the study consider themselves highly engaged, meaning that roughly 65% of employees feel unsupported, detached or even completely disengaged. The main factor that could contribute to this is the widespread anxiety about the future – more than half of participants (55%) often worry about their future financial state. Consequently, job security now tops the list of employees’ expectations at work, alongside salary. Retirement is a major cause of fear, too, with 39% expecting to retire somewhat or much later than planned. Globally, people continue working while fearing for both short-term financial security and their long-term possibility to retire at the legal age.
When an employee can feel the pulse of activity in the workplace, their mood improves. An energizing environment promotes physical, emotional and social wellbeing. While this environment doesn’t eliminate stress, it makes employees capable of feeling what we call “positive stress” – a stress that is both intellectually and emotionally rewarding and exciting. Creating this type of atmosphere takes time but it can be a key driver of engagement.
First of all, companies need to understand that employees have varying levels of expectations regarding the work-life balance. Although many people consider work as a large and important priority, they also realize that it doesn’t make up a whole life. While at work, communication is key in preventing misunderstandings and easing stress. Employees who work in more friendly and peaceful environments also tend to be more engaged and committed to their companies.
Dealing with employee interactions is definitely a hot topic for companies today. There are two types of interactions. First off, strictly work-related interactions provide information necessary to doing one’s job. The second type of interaction involves the daily lives of employees. While this type of interaction is less essential to delivering the work, it helps employees feel connected to the corporate world. Humanizing the work environment plays an important role in driving up the engagement level of employees.
*More than 32,000 employees selected from research panels that represent the populations of full-time employees working in 29 markets around the world have been interviewed via an online questionnaire between February and May 2012.
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