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A Study of More Than 50,000 Employees in Over 1000 Companies Says These Are the 10 Things Workers Need the Most to Succeed

Thousands of employees are sharing (in real time, right now) what they want most from their companies. This is the biggest report on employee engagement ever made, live, and worldwide.

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BY Marcel Schwantes - 26 Jul 2017

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Late last year, Officevibe, the leader in employee engagement software, released an unprecedented, real-time report on the "State of Employee Engagement," based on hundreds of thousands of answers from their customer survey software.

Unlike so many dated reports, what employees are telling their companies about what truly matters to them using Officevibe software is in the here and now. It updates in real-time, adding new data as answers stream in, like, right now.

Approximately 50,000+ employees from over 1000+ organizations representing 150 countries have registered their views since 2013, representing close to 1,200,000 data points.

"This is one of the biggest things that's ever been done in the HR industry," says Dan Benoni, CEO of Officevibe. "It's arguably the richest data set for anyone looking to understand how employees across the world are truly feeling. The statistics that we were able to uncover are truly alarming."

The Current Data

Officevibe captured data based on 10 essential core metrics that companies need to keep in mind when trying to improve employee engagement. They are:

• Recognition

• Feedback

• Happiness

• Personal Growth

• Satisfaction

• Wellness

• Ambassadorship

• Relationship with Managers

• Relationship with Colleagues

• Company Alignment

As of this writing, below is the current state of employee engagement globally. On a positive note, I have seen slight improvement by a few percentage points in most of the core metrics since I last checked back in November, 2016.

Recognition

Sixty-three percent of employees feel like they don't get enough praise.

Solution: Gallup has found that employees who receive praise at least once per week increase their individual productivity, receive higher loyalty and satisfaction scores from customers, and are more likely to stay with their organization.

Feedback

Thirty-two percent of employees have to wait more than 3 months to get feedback from their manager.

Solution: More frequent one-on-ones, weekly planning sessions, and daily check-in meetings are ways that you can give more regular feedback.

Happiness

Twenty-three percent of employees leave work feeling drained, exhausted and sluggish.

Solution: As a manager, ask what you can do to make someone happier, including something outside of work because unhappiness outside of work is linked to unhappiness at work.

Personal Growth

Fifty-six percent of employees believe that they don't have any career advancement opportunities.

Solution: Managers need to trust their employees enough to expose them to new things and let them run with projects so they can master new skills.Those that feel like they have enough autonomy and a sense of purpose in their work are highly engaged.

Satisfaction

Perhaps the most shocking piece of data is the fact that 15 percent of employees don't see themselves working at their company one year from now. Similarly, 20 percent of employees are worried that they might lose their job in the next 3-6 months, and 33 percent of employees don't think they are paid fairly for their work.

Solution: Focus first on compensation and benefits, then shift over to the overall work environment -- the work culture, team building, learning opportunities, less micro management, professional development, etc.

Wellness

Sixty percent of employees notice that their job is taking a toll on their personal life. They feel stressed, overworked, and don't have a good work-life balance.

Solution: As a manager, you should be doing everything you can to promote wellness in the workplace, and help reduce the stress from employees. Start by implementing health and wellness programs with incentives and rewards for employees who join, participate, and complete specific programs.

Ambassadorship

Quite alarming, fifty-seven percent of employees wouldn't recommend their organization as a good place to work. Interestingly enough, people are more likely to recommend their company's products than the actual culture itself, states the report.

Solution: Measure employee loyalty to know exactly what makes an employee more likely to be loyal or not. Use a survey instrument such as the employee Net Promoter Score (eNPS).

Relationship with Managers

Thirty-on percent of employees wish their manager communicated more frequently with them. 1 out of 5 employees feel like their manager isn't transparent with them. Employees want to become closer with their managers because it will make them feel more connected to their organization.

Solution: Plain and simple, communicate better and more frequently. Avoid as much confusion and remove as many barriers for your employees as possible. Additionally, show interest in your team members' success and personal well-being.

Relationship with Colleagues

Thirty-four percent of employees don't think they have enough social interaction with their colleagues.

Solution: A simple idea to fix these issues is to create more opportunities for employees to work on projects together.

Company Alignment

Thirty-three percent of employees don't believe their company's core values align with their personal values. Companies need to be doing a better job of preaching the mission and core values of the organization.

Solution: Employees need to be constantly reminded of why they do what they do.

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