Got a Human Virus in Your Organization?

Posted by Dr. Holly Latty-Mann on

Gallup found that 15% of employees are actively disengaged and busily acting out their unhappiness at work. If you can name someone who fits this description, you have a human virus in your organization who is impacting morale, turnover, productivity, profits, customer loyalty, and even safety.  Because the poll also found that 57% of your employees are not engaged, meaning they are putting in time but not energy, this sizeable group tends to become the prime target of the actively disengaged.

But, wait – there is some good news here.  You have 28% of your workforce who are truly engaged and also able to influence the same 57% who are simply not engaged.  With the actively engaged almost doubly outnumbering the actively disengaged, the prospects are good for creating a positive culture that is ready to take on your competition in innovation, collaboration, and sales.  

By formally organizing the mixture of these 3 groups to serve on committees designed to raise work morale (e.g., wellness activities, employee recognition, Fun Fridays, in-house surveys, etc.), oftentimes management can discover the underpinnings for what’s working and what’s not working regarding their engagement index.  

We’d like to hear what you have done over this past year to raise your engagement index.  I’m curious if you did anything in particular to target your Generation X or Y versus the Baby Boomers as a part of your overall effort.

2 responses to “Got a Human Virus in Your Organization?”

  1. Royallen, this is so timely a comment coming from you. Our next blog speaks to this very issue.

    Still, I’d like to speak to what you can do to address this issue. There are some one-day teambuilding sessions that can unintrusively hold a mirror up to those who would “seek more for less”. People don’t change unless they can see it’s needed. It’s hard to deny the smudge on the face when the mirror is screaming its existence.

    Hey, don’t forget to check out the next blog!

  2. Royallen Wiley says:

    This is an issue that I am currently facing with my team. How can I help team members develop a more healthy and positive attitude? I don’t know of anyone who can turn on or turn off their attitude when they come to work. So I’m concerned about those who “see the glass half empty” all the time. In my experience, if they have that attitude in their work life they have the same issue at home and in their personal lives.

    I have also been doing a bit of reading lately related to Baby Boomers and Gen X attitudes about work. What I hear from my Gen Xers (most of the team) and a couple of Gen Yers is “Pay me more” and “I want to work less.” I have a hard time understanding this point of view, especially in today’s economy.

    So, we are working on Project Morale Improvement and recognizing that our success in large part will be tied to how we can connect with the Gen X team members.