Uncurbing Their Enthusiasm - Survey: Six in 10 Workers Would Leave Their Job Due to Low Engagement

Uncurbing Their Enthusiasm - Survey: Six in 10 Workers Would Leave Their Job 
Due to Low Engagement 
TORONTO, July 18, 2013 /CNW/ - A little motivation goes a long way, a new 
survey from OfficeTeam suggests. More than six in 10 (61 per cent) workers 
interviewed admitted it's at least somewhat likely they would leave their 
current position if they felt disengaged. That's bad news for some employers: 
more than one-quarter (26 per cent) of professionals said their company is not 
effective at keeping staff motivated. 
The survey was developed by OfficeTeam, a leading staffing service 
specializing in the placement of highly skilled administrative professionals. 
It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on telephone 
interviews with 869 workers 18 years of age or older and employed in office 
environments in Canada and the United States. 
Workers were asked, "How likely is it that you would leave your current 
position if you did not feel engaged?" Their responses: 
Very likely..................................................     24% 
Somewhat likely.......................................            37% 
Not very likely..............................................     22% 
Not likely at all.............................................    16% 
Don't know/no answer.................................              1% 
                                                             100% 
Workers were also asked, "In your opinion, how effective is your company in 
keeping workers motivated?" Their responses: 
Very effective...............................................     32% 
Somewhat effective......................................          42% 
Not very effective.....................................           18% 
Not effective at all....................................           8% 
Don't know/no answer..................................             1% 


                                                                101%*

*Responses do not total 100 per cent due to rounding.

"When workers are disengaged, retention shouldn't be a company's only concern 
-- productivity and customer service levels also suffer," said Robert Hosking, 
OfficeTeam executive director. "There are many factors that contribute to 
strong employee engagement -- chief among them are the ability of staff to 
reach professional goals and understand how they contribute to the 
organization's big-picture objectives."

OfficeTeam offers five ideas for keeping employees motivated:

  1. Keep them out of the dark. Whenever feasible,
     give your staff updates
     on the company's financial performance and long- and short-term
     goals, and explain what this information means for them and their
     jobs. Sharing this information will help them feel connected to
     the organization.

  2. Ask for input. Actively seek feedback from team members. Maintain
     an open-door policy, and an open mind, so that it's easy for
     individuals to approach you. Reach out to those who may be
     uncomfortable voicing their thoughts to ensure their ideas are
     heard.

  3. Break out of comfort zones. Encourage staff to take on new
     responsibilities and projects. By giving your workers a chance to
     try new things, you'll demonstrate your confidence in them and
     help them build new skills.

  4. Discuss career aspirations. It's crucial for employees to set
     career goals so they feel they're working toward something and can
     see that the company supports their professional aspirations. Talk
     to your staff about their ambitions and work with them on plans
     for meeting those objectives.

  5. Give them a break. Remind workers to take regular breaks to
     recharge, and set a good example by doing so yourself. If your
     team seems particularly stressed, organize a collective breather
     where you can provide snacks or a catered lunch.

For additional ways to inspire your staff, download Motivating Your Team: 25 
Ways to Increase Employee Engagement, a complimentary advice guide from 
OfficeTeam available at www.officeteam.com/employerfreeresources.

About OfficeTeam
OfficeTeam is the nation's leading staffing service specialising in the 
temporary placement of highly skilled office and administrative support 
professionals. The company has more than 300 locations worldwide and offers 
online job search services at www.officeteam.com. Follow OfficeTeam at 
twitter.com/officeteam, and gain insights into the latest administrative 
hiring and salary trends at www.officeteam.com/salarycentre.





SOURCE  OfficeTeam 
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