The thought of bored employees probably makes you uncomfortable. “I hope employees at my office are not bored! There is too much work to be done!”
Yes, you’re right. If you’re wondering this, there’s a chance your employees are feeling disengaged.
Even though most offices have enough work to go around, over two-thirds of Americans aren’t engaged at work.
A recent Gallup report revealed the dim statistics. The results were not very promising for business owners. Let’s take a minute to examine how important engagement is in the workplace.
What is engagement?
Engagement has many different facets. Happiness, productivity, motivation and devotion all have to do with being actively engaged in tasks and duties. Lack of motivation and flexibility in the workplace can cause employees to be disengaged and unmotivated. If you notice your employees are irritable or uninterested on a consistent basis, it’s likely they’re feeling “stuck” in their jobs. Engaged employees are self-motivated to complete duties efficiently and problem solve without constant direction. They give positive feedback and constructive criticism when needed.
Improving Employee Engagement
Understand that there is no one solution for employee boredom. Analyze your company’s culture and structure. Can you identify a key issue that may be dragging down your employees? Are they frustrated with one thing in particular, or is does your current system simply facilitate disengagement and/or negativity? Listen to employees and their concerns. Establish concrete goals and make sure employees know exactly what is expected of them.
Alcohol: A Solution to Engagement?
It’s not uncommon for employers to offer employees alcohol at work. While some may find this as a temporary solution to keep employees happy, understand that some of your workers may be struggling with addiction. Providing constant temptation can lead to more serious consequences down the road. Allowing employees to drink at work also poses a number of liability issues if something goes wrong. While alcohol may encourage your employees for one afternoon, it is not a long-term solution for disengagement and boredom.
Keeping employees engaged and happy is the key to retention and a positive workplace. Test Smartly Labs can help get your business on the road to productivity. Do you need drug testing for your company? Contact us for more information.