As the economy swings upward, some predict that more than 50% of employees will look for new jobs (Harris Interactive). The Conference Board reported that employee satisfaction is at its lowest level since it began reporting in 1987. From layoffs to pay freezes, 2010 has been labeled the "perfect storm" of employee disengagement.
So - how to minimize this potential, very costly churn? All levels of the organization have a role to play in the solution according to research from consultants BlessingWhite.
Individuals: Ownership, clarity and action. Individuals need to know what they want - and what the organization needs - and then take action to achieve both.
Managers: Coaching, relationships and dialogue. Managers need to understand an individual's talents and interests and match them with the organization's objectives. They need to facilitate strong relationships and engage with employees.
Executives: Trust, communication and culture. Executives have to walk the talk, communicate, and align the organization to drive engagement along with results.
Without a focused effort, companies may find themselves scrambling for talent just as their business is poised for growth.