There is probably no other topic more frequently discussed in human resources than employee engagement. Fully engaged employees remain with their organization, produce more, and are more efficient. In addition, they will satisfy customers and increase sales. This is achieved by examining not only the why, what, and how of the work but also where and when the work is done, addressing alternative and flexible work systems and workspace design. When these issues are addressed properly, they can foster long-lasting, high-performing work teams comprising engaged employees contributing to the organization’s success.
However, employees who are not engaged or who are actively disengaged cost the world $8.8 trillion in lost productivity, according to Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace: 2023 Report. That’s equal to 9% of global GDP. This data is concerning, considering organizations spend hundreds of millions of dollars on employee engagement programs. What’s missing is a credible framework to measure, prove, and improve investments in employee engagement.