At a Gallup presentation the audience was asked to imagine their business was a ten-person crew boat.
The speaker then went on to share data (at the time) indicating approximately 30% of the US workforce fell into the “engaged” category, which meant that they were invested in their work and workplace, that they made a strong discretionary effort, and worked at a very productive level.
If these people were on your crew boat, they would be diligently ‘manning their oars.’
We were then informed that just over half of the US workforce fell into the disengaged category. These people were not highly-motivated and, though they made a fair effort each day, they were more likely to do only what had to be done – and sometimes less!
If these people were on your crew boat, they would occasionally dip their oars in the water but mostly sit idle looking at the scenery.
The remainder of the nation’s workforce, we were told, fell into the actively disengaged category. These people tend to undermine the work, spread rumors, call out sick at higher rates and do only the bare minimum.
If they were on your crew boat, they would most likely be trying to sink it!
Makes a strong case for implementing a formalized engagement plan, wouldn’t you say?