According to a 2013 Gallup pole, 52% of the workforce self-identifies as disengaged. I promise you, disengaged employees will leave their job or breed discontent among coworkers – it’s only a matter of time. By contrast, engaged employees will take ownership and strive for success pulling the company along with them.
Wherever your organization stands, employee disengagement must be addressed and is usually tied to four major contributors:
“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”John Maxwell
All roads lead to the most obvious culprit – leadership. There are exceptions; however, most people don’t quit jobs, they quit people. Here are some ideas to ponder in pursuit of becoming a more effective leader:
Change yourself. Commit to perspective outside your circle of influence and consider hiring a coach. If you do hire a coach, make sure he or she has the moxie to ask tough questions and help you uncover your blind spots while holding you accountable. Choosing a coach is less about their experience within your business sector, and more about the fit.