Indulging employees is no substitute for engaging them

 

Gallup

“Leaders will buy miserable employees latte machines for their offices, give them free lunch and sodas, or even worse — just let them all work at home, hailing an ‘enlightened’ policy of telecommuting. Hell, some of these practices might even earn your company a business magazine’s Great Place to Work award,”┬ásays Gallup Chairman and CEO Jim Clifton. “The problem is, employee engagement in America isn’t budging. Of the country’s roughly 100 million full-time employees, an alarming 70 million (70%) are either not engaged at work or are actively disengaged.”

Indeed, too often perks are confounded with the satisfaction of employees’ universal psychological needs of intrinsic equality, growth, and self-direction. It’s the road to both engagement and happiness as psychologists have shown. Lattes, massages, and other extrinsic perks is not that road.

Read the Gallup’s article here.

About Isaac Getz

Isaac Getz is an author, conference speaker, senior advisor and currently holds the post of Professor at ESCP Business School.

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