Infographic: 5 employee engagement myths—busted

Managers know how to engage their staff, recognition programs don’t improve the bottom line, and other myths that, if you believe them, can harm your organization.

Some myths are fun to believe in, like Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny.

Other myths, however, can do serious damage to your organization.

An infographic from Michael C. Fina lists five myths that exist about employee engagement. If you’ve ever heard that it’s harder to engage millennials than employees in other generations or that managers know how to engage their staff, you heard wrong.

Here are three myths mentioned in the graphic, and why they’re false:

Myth: Recognition programs offer little return on investment.

This isn’t true. Recognizing employees and successfully engaging them can increase revenue by as much as 23 percent.

Myth: Managers know how to engage employees.

Perhaps surprisingly, this is false. Almost 60 percent (58 percent) of new managers do not receive any training, and 26 percent of managers feel unprepared to transition into management roles.

Myth: Millennials are difficult to engage.

This is also untrue. While some people may still not believe it, millennials are quite similar to the generations that came before them. Millennials want to be part of a company that engages and values them, just like anyone else.

Take a look at the rest of the myths in the graphic below:

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