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New study reveals employee engagement tactics still lacking

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New study reveals employee engagement tactics still lacking

Only 30% of employees feel “very motivated” to work.

As every middle market company know, keeping employees engaged is an ongoing concern in the workplace. According to Gallup, disengaged employees cost the U.S. between $450 billion and $550 billion each year in lost productivity.  As a result, in order to remain successful, a company's engagement techniques and offerings must continue to evolve with its employees' needs and expectations.

According to a new study from business publisher 1to1 Media, 30% of respondents said they are very motivated at work. Respondents were asked about their motivations, productivity, and if they receive praise at work. Other findings include:

23% can't recall the last time they were rewarded for their work.

  • 36% said they are somewhat motivated, 11% said they're not so motivated and 8% said they're not motivated at all.
  • 23% can't recall the last time they were rewarded for their work.
  • 37% said they are equipped with the necessary tools to do their jobs.

Employee motivation is one of the keys to delivering exceptional customer experiences, said 1to1 Media Editor Mila D'Antonio. "The correlation between engaged employees who go out of their way to help customers and make their experiences memorable and the organizations that actively engage and reward them is crystal clear," said D'Antonio. "Just look to some of the industry leaders like Apple and Zappos for evidence."

A large component of maintaining satisfied and engaged employees is understanding and acting on their needs. According to the study results, however 50% of the respondents said there's no clear growth path in place for them, 30% indicated their opinions don't count at work, and 27% said they feel there's a general lack of concern and care for their wellbeing.

While many of the results showed positive efforts being made toward employee engagement (30% said they receive praise a few times per month for their efforts), the results indicate that employers have room to improve.

"Employers have made great strides in their efforts to keep employees engaged. I believe we'll see vast improvements throughout 2016 as organizational issues and employee wellbeing become a focal point in business," said D'Antonio. 

 

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