Did you notice that the majority of articles which talk about employee engagement are so negative?
“The world has an employee engagement crisis, with serious and potentially lasting repercussions for the global economy” – Gallup
“Did you know that half of your employees hate their job? It’s true, according to a Gallup poll that surveyed 5.4 million employees” – Huffington Post
“Engagement is on the decline across the world, and that spells trouble for business leaders everywhere” – Forbes
Blah, blah, blah… we all know that employee engagement is low. We’ve been discussing it for years! Yet, nothing has changed.
Everyone is trying to improve employee engagement, and for that purpose, thousands of articles have been written. We have actually written one ourselves (you can find it here), it proved to be very popular (thanks for all the shares).
This shows how determined employers are to find a solution for improving employee engagement.
The problem is, there isn’t just ONE cause for low employee engagement (unfortunately), there are plenty. For example:
- Poor communication
- Feeling underpaid
- Poor work-life balance
- Lack of recognition and many, many others.
Trying to guess what it is, and testing out different engagement boosting initiatives is a waste of time. If you’re really trying to improve employee engagement, then stop the guesswork and simply ask your employees why they feel unhappy at work.
Obviously, if you work for a big company, you won’t be able to talk to every single employee. And that’s OK. You can organize an employee engagement survey instead.
If you include the right questions, it will give you a general idea of the cause of low employee engagement. It will point you in the right direction, and that’s a good start! If you are struggling to come up with the right questions, then definitely check out this article – 7 Questions You Cannot Miss in an Employee Satisfaction Survey.
Whatever you do, remember one thing: The most bitter truth is better than the sweetest lie. Ask your employees how happy they are at work by using employee engagement surveys at emplo.