The Happy Worker vs. The Sad Worker
Studies by Gallup have shown that currently 72 % of the U.S. workforce is not engaged in their job. This essentially means they are sleepwalking through the day and just counting down the hours before they can leave.
This statistic doesn’t paint a good picture for the future. 1 out of every 4 employees has plans to leave their current job within just one year, according to a survey by Telework Research Network.
So what can help address this growing problem of disengaged workers? The needs of the employee have to be considered and adjustments to work practices made. WFD Consulting has found that 86 % of employees have said they want to work-shift, instead of the typical office hours. Clearly workers want more flexibility to choose the time of their work hours.
The Sad Worker
A disengaged worker won’t be able to achieve their full potential, and even worse some disengaged workers will actively undermine the success of their colleagues. Higher turnover, more work absence and decreased productivity are all results of a weakly engaged employee.
Workers with inflexible work options are on average under twice as much stress. The turnover rate for workers who don’t have much flexibility is usually double the rate of those who work-shift. For the majority of workers, flexible work arrangements would be a big factor in choosing one job over another.
The Happy Worker
Research from Right management has discovered that work-shifters are 55 % more engaged, when c