Accenture (No. 61 on Fortune’s 2019 list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For) has just published a new research report The Trust Imperative: Decoding Organizational DNA, in which it says that businesses are waking up to a new source of business growth–the ability to unlock the potential of their people by using new technologies to secure vast amounts of data on work and the workforce.
When employees aren’t happy at work, they aren’t productive. Happiness at work is about feeling engaged and fulfilled–being confident, challenged and comfortable. When an onboarding process at a company is strategic, flexible and user-driven employees are more engaged and thus stay longer, allowing a business to save money.
Let’s think about purpose. You might see it as an uncertain topic, and while it is difficult to quantify, purpose is at the heart and soul of great endeavors. If you seek it, meaning will come alive in your work. It’s not just on you, though; organizational purpose requires people at all levels of a company to work toward the same goal.
Common sense tells us that engaged employees are the lifeblood of an organization, whereas disengaged workers can poison a business when they negatively impact the workplace. A recent Gallup survey shows that 32% of U.S. employees are engaged in their work while 68% are not–and 17.2% of those disengaged workers are "actively disengaged." What can actively disengaged employees do to your organization? Name virtually any performance metric, and they can decrease it. Such employees aren’t just unhappy at work–they are often undermining the efforts of engaged workers.