A recent survey by Gallup, a performance-management consulting company, found that 7 out of 10 workers have “checked out” at work or are “actively disengaged” in their position. In other words, a lot of people are unhappy at work or hate their job. While this may not come as much of a surprise, it should be a reminder of the importance of finding and holding onto employees that are engaged and happy at work.
A disengaged employee can have a negative effect on your company; on productivity, company morale, reputation, and even on your bottom line. In fact, Gallup claims that disengaged workers cost the US as much as $550 billion in economic activity every year! On the other hand, numerous studies show that a happy and engaged employee works harder, is more creative, and is much more committed to the success of your company.
So how do you promote a happier, more engaged workforce? Start at beginning by making smart hiring decisions. Focus on finding employees that not only have the required skills and experience, but possess the personality, attitude, and behaviors needed to fit into the culture of your company. An employee who identifies with your company culture will feel a strong sense of belonging and in turn be a more dedicated and productive asset, whereas an employee who fails to fit within your work environment will likely become disengaged or uninterested in your company and its goals.
While it may be difficult to ensure that every one of your employees love their job, we can probably all agree that a happy and productive employee is ideal. Focusing on cultural fit is a positive step toward building a workforce of engaged, creative, and content individuals that your company can be proud of.