A recent research poll of Australian workers has found that more than 80% of Australian employees feel disengaged and work, with more than 20% being actively disengaged, that is behaving in ways that are actively harmful to the organisation. They estimated that disengagement costs Australian organisations at least $33.5 Billion a year in lost productivity. It also has other negative social effects outside the workplace, with disengaged employees taking out their negative feelings on their families and having more health problems.
As discussed in our earlier blog How engaged are your employees, employee engagement refers to the extent to which employees believe in the values and mission of the organisation, are committed to their work and will act in ways that further the organisation’s interests. It integrates the well-known constructs of job satisfaction and organisational commitment.
Engaged employees are focused and connected at work, supportive of organisational goals and are willing to “go the extra mile” at work.