Are you enough appreciated at work?
The way we are working, is not working. Is it so that when you come home from the office, you sometimes feel not sufficiently appreciated, rather empty and you are still answering emails until you fall asleep?
Around the world across 142 countries the proportion of employees who feel engaged at work is just 13 per cent. Are you one of the 13 per cent of employees who feel engaged at work or are you among the 87 per cent feeling that work is a depleting, dispiriting experience?
I have taken part of the survey and sadly I understand (again) that, even if it is proven that the employees perform better when their needs are met, the senior leaders still do not take it seriously enough! Here are some reasons to why people may be unhappy in their work:
1. The demand for our time is draining us of energy.
2. Increased competitiveness, post-recession work force.
3. The rise of digital technology: to read and respond to all hours of the day and night.
Survey (12,000 employees with managerial work positions) results conducted by The Energy Project and Harvard Business Review showed: that when the four of the core needs are met, the employees are considerably more productive and satisfied. Employees who have more supportive supervisors are 67 per cent more engaged and 1.3 times as likely to stay with the organization.
The four core needs are:
Senior leaders are often asked a simple question. If the employees feel valued, focused, energised and purposeful do they perform better? Not surprisingly, the leader’s answers are yes. But if you ask them how much they invest in their employees? Silence.
Leaders need to invest systematically into their employees beyond paying a salary. Superiors have to recognise the relentless stress of increased demand caused by digital technology.
If you are unhappy at work, you may benefit from contacting a qualified life coach.
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