by: Anthony Demangone

We’ve heard or seen the numbers. Employees are not engaged with their work.

In fact, some have gone so far to say that as few as 13 percent of employees are truly engaged while at work.

So, it must be a worker problem. Without the control and independence that comes with being a manager, one is more likely to encounter disengagement.

But here’s the thing, other studies point out that only 35 percent of managers are engaged in their work. 

So, it turns out that engagement isn’t a manager or employee problem – it is a workplace problem.  The article from Gallup noted an unfortunate “cascading” effect.

Day in and day out, managers are tasked with engaging employees, but 51% of managers have essentially “checked out,” meaning they care little, if at all, about their job and company. And that attitude has dire consequences. A manager’s engagement — or lack thereof — affects his or her employees’ engagement, creating what Gallup calls the “cascade effect.” Essentially, employees’ engagement is directly influenced by their managers’ engagement — whose engagement is directly influenced by their managers’ engagement.

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