Everybody’s worried about employee engagement—and for good reason. Employees can go to work every day, but if they aren’t truly engaged in their jobs, they’re simply wasting your organization’s time and money. Today many organizations struggle with something called “presenteeism”: Employees are present at work, but not productive. According to Carnegie Management, “Current research shows this to be a $33 billion loss to Australian industry.” And a recent survey by Aon Hewitt showed only a 65 percent engagement rate among employees of the Asia Pacific region. With so many employees present but not productive, what’s to be done?
Are employee engagement surveys dead?