Right Management, a subsidiary of the ManpowerGroup, ran an online survey of workers in the U.S. and Canada between last month . Nearly two-thirds of respondents, said they were not happy at work. In fact, 44% said they were completely “unsatisfied.”
Wow! As leaders, this is on us. So, what are we going to do about it?
As I’ve written about so much in the past, great leaders transform. They not only revitalize the organizations that they work in, but, they rejuvenate the people that they work with. The most preeminent leaders convey a very strong sense of being “in it together” among the people that they lead. That’s not to say that they actually do the work for their teams – to do so would suggest a lack of trust and cause dissention among the ranks. Rather, exceptional leaders enable success through steady direction-setting, determined coaching and unvarying communication.
It’s time to step up to the plate and lead — provide meaningful challenges and create an environment that helps to give people a sense of accomplishment. With the proper care and nurturing, we can turn this morale problem around. We just need to stop taking our positions for granted and begin to be more deliberate and focused about our leadership.
Call if you want to explore some of the employee engagement strategies that I have developed with my clients over the years…One of them may be right for you.