Gallup Management Journal recently released an article on the connection between employee engagement and health. I can’t say that I’m excited by their title, Disengagement Can Be Really Depressing,because that just implies that disengaged employees are, well, unhappy.
But if you listen to the podcast (free), you’ll see that the connection is much more powerful:
- Disengaged employees experience more stress.
- That stress has tangible health impacts.
- That, of course, has significant monetary and productivity costs.
This is entirely logical, of course, but until now we haven’t had many actual measures of how strong the connections are. So I recommend listening to the short recording to find out more. Heck, subscribe to the whole series in iTunes – I have, and hope to listen to them on my flight tomorrow.
It’s also true that the general stress of an uncertain economy and other personal factors will be brought into the workplace and have an impact on our employee engagement. You can only impact a few of those, and indirectly. The good news is that the factors you CAN address can help people engage in their work, with your organization, and be more healthy and productive.
- Matching the job to the employee
- Loving what you do
- How to build engagement in the workforce
- Fear is not engagement
- Is employee satisfaction impossible?