Today, employee engagement is a major priority for business leaders who understand that having a high performing workforce is crucial for growth and even survival. These executives are aware that highly engaged employees increase productivity and innovation and at the same time reduce costs relating to hiring and retention in competitive talent market segments.
Behaviors and Attitudes Matter
Successful companies and executives instinctively recognize that employee behaviors and attitudes matter. Unfortunately, most of the efforts to gauge these vital organizational characteristics aren't up to par. There are innovative strategies that can help companies extensively assess employee mindsets which are essential to high performance. Top performing companies recognize that a highly engaged workforce can increase innovation, productivity, and bottom-line performance while reducing costs related to hiring and retention in highly competitive talent markets. While the majority of executives see a need to strengthen employee engagement, most haven't developed a tangible way to tackle this goal. On the other hand, a growing number of the corporate leaders worldwide are saying that they are gaining a competitive advantage over others by establishing metrics and strategies to successfully quantify and enhance the impact of their workforce's engagement.
Strong social support correlates with a surprising level of exceptional outcomes. As an example, studies carried out by Timothy Smith, Julianne Holt Lusted, Timothy and Bradley Layton reveals that high levels of social support foresee longevity as efficiently as regular exercise, and minimal social support is as destructive as heart disease. The benefits of social support aren't just physical. It was also found to be one of the best predictors for elevated levels of happiness during times of high stress.
Positive Teams are Productive Teams
Sure, perks like flexible schedules, free day care, gyms, insurance and a company car are attractive draws, but research has shown that a company built on positive attitudes and interaction excelled when it came to production. A report published in the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science found that a positive workplace means happy productive employees and profits for all. In such a workplace, employees and executive's alike inspire each other to work, treat each other with respect and gratitude, maintain responsibility for each other and understand the purpose of the work they're doing. They also skip the blame game and forgive mistakes.
None of the information above is rocket science, as a matter of fact, it comes down to simple common sense. And yet, like all simple truths, it's worth repeating because it's so important. You can't expect to retain talent if the work atmosphere is stifling, cold and repressive. Nurturing happy employees is what 21st century leadership is all about.
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