When you’re in charge of a business, you might be marketed at with plenty of books promising the best route to success in business or the best method of management. They are sometimes honest – and do give great advice, but a lot of the time they can be filled with buzzwords and schemes simply to extend the word count and make the book seem worth its time – and worth its pricetag. Simply put, any road to success will need to come from your leadership of the business and nothing else. Your business succeeds on the back of what you’re willing to do, what you’re willing to try and what you are willing to learn. You can’t simply bring your idea to fruition, hire some staff and sit back and watch your business succeed. Some businesses have been so lucky to see this happen – but you can’t rely on everything going so well for your business! You can rely on yourself and your efforts though, right?
Your actions and efforts? Yes – surely you can dictate your business and run your business via your actions and techniques and words? That’s how things get done – from the top, unless your business is horizontal in nature, then you’ll need to get your heads together and collaborate. For the most part, you’ll need to be the change you wish to see in your business if you want it to succeed. However, the onus isn’t just on you as a leader – you’ll need to do most of the pushing and groundwork, but you’ll need a fully engaged workforce working for the good of the business to ensure that it succeeds.
A study that took place over 142 countries to examine the state of a global workforce found that just over ten percent of employees – one in every eight workers to be precise – are committed to their tasks and engaged. This is worrying news for any business owner of course. How could it not be?
One other set of workers- more than half of the study – were found to be unengaged with their work. This might mean they lack motivation, or feel overworked. A quarter of the study results was based around actively disengaged workers. Workers that are genuinely consciously upset with their work. This might mean that they go out of their way to be unproductive in the workplace and they might spread this to other workers through their actions.
Do you know people like this in your place of work? Instead of making some changes in your staff numbers – find out the reason behind this active disengagement – is it something you could change with training? With online learning courses, you could ensure your staff actually know their role and work.
It could be that your workers are overworked, underworked, underpaid or anything else. If their morale is shot, they won’t engage. Find the cause and find the solution to your issue – what you’ll have to do is do your job and you will have to be an active leader in the workplace to ensure that your staff are engaged with their work.