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It’s two days until Christmas as I write this. I hope that you and those close to you will all enjoy the wonder of the festive season, and that all your plans for the festivities turn out exactly as you’d like.

For a bit of Christmas fun, imagine what would happen if…

  • You only bought presents for one third of your family…
  • If your Christmas dinner was just sprouts, carrots and stuffing, with no turkey, sausages, roast potatoes, gravy, bread sauce or cranberry jelly…
  • If only a third of the people at your table had a Christmas cracker to pull…
  • If you all sat down to watch your favourite Christmas TV show, or a movie, only to switch it off after the first half an our…
  • If you saw all the presents you had been given, all wrapped up, but threw two thirds of them, unopened, in the bin…

All of those scenarios are unthinkable, aren’t they? You’d be mad to do any of them, and if you did, Christmas would be unlikely to be as happy as you planned! It would show a lack of love, care and concern for those most important to you – your family and friends.

Did you know, that in many organisations, something similar does actually happen, all year long? The evidence is clear from the research: only about a third of employees claim to be ‘actively engaged’ at work. It’s also clear that many senior leaders in organisations have not yet become convinced of the fact that organisations with employee engagement scores in the top quartile produce twice the net profit as organisations with engagement scores in the bottom quartile. In essence, those organisations are running at only one-third of their potential.

Now imagine an organisation in which…

  • Only a third of the lorries were on the road…
  • Two thirds of the production lines were shut down…
  • Two-thirds of the employees had their computers removed from their desks…
  • Only a third of the call centre staff were allowed to be on the phone at any one time…

Sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? It’s unthinkable. But in effect, that’s what’s happening when a company lets its employees drift along in a disengaged state. The company is only operating on one out of three cylinders. A vast, untapped potential is going to waste .

But it’s Christmas, and there is good news! The good news is… it doesn’t have to be that way. There are proven strategies that can help organisations raise employee engagement, making them more productive, more competitive, and more profitable – and more enjoyable to work for. At Emenex, we help our clients keep their great people great, by helping them to get everyone engaged.

On Christmas Day, when you sit down to a sumptuous celebratory meal (comprising all the ingredients!) please don’t think about Employee Engagement! But after the holiday is over and the new year is ready to begin, how about taking a critical look at your organisation’s Employee Engagement levels, and make the deliberate decision to ‘turn on’ any disengaged people to make 2015 your best year yet?

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a very successful – and highly engaged! – New Year. Ho! Ho! Ho!

 

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