From the latest Towers Perrin Workplace Watch research come these startling findings on employee engagement:
- A 7% drop in workers stating they can balance both work and personal responsibilities - in just the past quarter.
- Almost three-quarters (74%) of employees agree their company’s structure facilitates efficient operations, up from 66% in the last quarter of 2008 and 58% in the first quarter of 2008, suggesting the latest rounds of restructuring have been done thoughtfully and in a manner that doesn’t automatically demand doing more with less.
- 71% percent agree they’re not seriously considering leaving their current job, up from 64% in the last quarter of 2007.
- Only 69% of employees agree that they clearly understand their company’s broad goals, down a striking 10 percentage points from 79% in the fourth quarter of 2008
To ensure employees stay engaged and connected, particularly in the current environment. the authors summed it up:
Companies need to focus on five things:
- Getting leaders out front to talk with employees about the business environment and how the organization is responding as well as the long-term vision and what the organization stands for.
- Involving employees in efforts to manage costs to help them feel like active contributors.
- Communicating consistently and candidly about both short- and long-term objectives.
- Listening and gathering input from employees.
- Promoting development opportunities so people can see a future for themselves worth working toward.