Employee engagement and financial performance are connected

by Torben Rick

Most companies claim they want enthusiastic, engaged employees – and with good reason. Employee engagement and financial performance are connected. A recent study by Aon Hewitt, for example, found that companies with high levels of engagement outperformed the stock market in 2010.

And yet Gallup research indicates that more than 70 percent of employees in the typical company are “not engaged” or “actively disengaged.”

What’s the reason for this failure? In my view, it boils down to a startling disconnect between how companies try to promote engagement and what truly inspires and motivates employees.

Conventional approaches to employee engagement tend to focus on overall workplace improvements and benefits because those things can be directed by staff from the center. They’re the “easy” things to do. Obviously, they’re important: A safe and pleasant work environment, fair compensation, and the tools needed to do the job are table stakes for employee satisfaction.

But what you really want isn’t just satisfied employees, it’s passionate employees – people who love working for your company, love your products and services, and love wowing customers.

8 employee engagement resources you may have missed:


Source: Dilbert

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  1. December 2, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Torben –

    I appreciate having such a comprehensive list of resources on employee engagement. . . And I love the distinction you make between satisfied and passionate employees. . . i recall someone from the Gallup organization telling a story about the difference between satisfaction and engagement. He asked a receptionist if her job was satisfying. She said, “Yes.” When he asked why, she said that very few people came into this office so it gave her lots of hours to watch her soaps.


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