What is Employee Engagement?

The term ’employee engagement’ has been a buzz word for quite a few years now – but what exactly is it and why does it matter to you?

The first thing to know is that the main company leading the way in terms of statistics on the subject is a company called Gallup. They have a questionnaire called Q12 which is basically a survey of 12 questions that are asked to employees in companies across the world. The questions can be seen here….

The Q12 questions

The results are used to help the companies better engage their workforce but having the privilege of questioning so many employees, Gallup are able to compile all the surveys and get a global picture of employee engagement.

According to Gallup, there are 3 types of employees when it comes to engagement which are in the image below…

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The statistics are always being updated but in 2018, 15% of the global workforce were engaged, 67% not engaged and 18% actively disengaged.

I’ll let those figures sink.

Only 15% of the employees surveyed in 2018 are engaged or when it comes to my definition are reaching there ‘capability’ and ‘potential’ – scary when you think about all that lost work, productivity, innovation etc…

What type of employee are you?

Are you engaged, disengaged or actively disengaged?

What type of employees are your colleagues?

The benefits of having a more engaged workforce have also been published by Gallup due to their extensive database and seeing what the companies with higher employee engagement scores are doing…

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In conclusion, the most important thing to take away from this article is that the Q12 Gallup survey is a great tool to measure employee engagement but the more important is what you do with the results and how do you increase employee engagement to get all the benefits above.

Gallup have concluded that managers account for at least 70% of variance in employee engagement and that is WHY we do what we do at Coaching Construction. We give managers in the construction industry the skills to engage their employees, for everyone’s benefit.

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