Earlier this month, Employee Benefit News reported that today’s employees are struggling with a lack of positive reinforcement from their superiors, suggesting there is a direct correlation between emotional satisfaction and workplace productivity. The article suggests that this disconnect can lead to significant losses in company productivity and ultimately revenue as well.
In the Towers Watson study, it was revealed that 47% of U.S. workers blame their supervisors for inadequately representing the human aspect behind their role. What does this mean? Basically, employees want to be treated like human beings, receive adequate praise for a job well done, as well as given the chance to establish a healthy work/life balance.
Some suggestions for sustainable employee engagement include: financial incentives, an increased focus on team building activities, and public praise. By fostering a sound environment of consistent rewards for good work, even if only verbal, employers can mobilize their workers to utilize their full capacity and increase productivity.
At your job (assuming you have one, of course), are you receiving the amount of public praise, incentives, or team-building experiences you think you should be? Or do you think you could do with a little more? Chime in and let us know!
If you liked this article, be sure to check out these other pieces on the Identified Blog:
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- The Difference Between a Job and a Career