Across the board, employers are failing to hold the attention and interests of their employees. Seventy percent of Americans report being disengaged at work, and three out of four are actively looking for new jobs, or say they are open to new opportunities. To make a long story short, well over half of the workforce is not passionate about what they are doing, or committed to their organization. This disengagement negatively affects everything from team morale to productivity to a company’s bottom line. Compounding the problem is the fact that boosting engagement often seems like an engagement in futility, with company-sponsored efforts kike internal mobility programs, employee wellness initiatives, and performance-based perks often falling flat. The good news, however, is that engagement can be boosted using one step that any company, regardless of size or resources, can take. Building and maintaining a culture based on values will help boost engagement levels while keeping employees retained and productive. A company’s values articulate what the organization believes to be the most important and influences the way it operates on a day-to-day basis. Not sure if your culture is values based? Ask employees about a challenging decision they recently had to make, and the beliefs they used to guide their decision. If the company’s values weren’t considered, it might be time to reassess your culture.
A Values-Based Culture Is the Key to Engagement