Employee Engagement definitely seems like a popular word in the world of employment, but what does it actually mean?
You can find various definitions, but in my opinion, the one below is one of my favourites –
“Employee engagement is a workplace approach resulting in the right conditions for all members of an organisation to give of their best each day, committed to their organisation’s goals and values, motivated to contribute to organisational success, with an enhanced sense of their own well-being.”
When you read the above quote, what percentage of people in your company are ‘engaged’ and going that EXTRA MILE (and feeling good about it?)?
I wonder how engaged construction workers are compared to workers in other industries?
If you’ve never come across a company called Gallup, I’d seriously recommend that you look them up. Among other things the good people of Gallup have a very useful questionnaire called Q12 that is designed to MEASURE an employee’s level of engagement at work. The questionnaire is called Q12 because as you may have guessed there are 12 questions 🙂 (Google Q12 and you can see what they are!)
Thousands of companies ask their employees to complete the questionnaire and although it may be shocking/surprising the percentage of workers in most countries that are ‘engaged’ is ONLY around 40-50%. That’s correct only half of the workforce are giving their best each day!
Unfortunately I’ve looked high and low for the statistics for the construction industry, with no luck – if you had to, what percentage would you give the industry?
A WORD OF CAUTION….. when it comes to employee engagement is that having a measure is great but at some point you have to take ACTION to change and increase it.
We are in agreement with Gallup when they report – “Managers have the biggest impact on employee engagement” and this will be no different in the construction industry. Read the article here – ‘Great managers create the right environment for engagement’