The Enemy of Engagement

Put an End to Workplace Frustration--and Get the Most from Your Employees

The Enemy of Engagement

Authors: Mark Royal, Tom Agnew
Pub Date: October 2011
Print Edition: $21.95
Print ISBN: 9780814439081
Page Count: 240
Format: Paper or Softback
e-Book ISBN: 9780814417966

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New data collected by Hay Group management consultants suggest that many high-potential employees are also frustrated employees. Individuals who are highly engaged but face barriers at work preventing them from doing their jobs effectively represent 20 percent or more of the workforce. That’s a whopping number, and one that provides a devastating critique of workplace cultures today, with their procedural red tape, ever-shifting priorities, and persistent demands to do more with less.

Over time these frustrated employees can be expected to disengage or leave in search of greener pastures. But the vast majority started as dedicated, hardworking employees eager to contribute to company goals. What happened?

For managers who are ready to face some painful truths, The Enemy of Engagement offers a rich, virtually untapped source for radically reducing frustration and improving productivity. Written by two leaders in Hay Group’s employee research division—which partners with Fortune magazine in identifying the “World’s Most Admired Companies”—the book uncovers a host of everyday ills that plague organizations: lack of training, inefficient work­flows, poor communication, and inadequate performance feedback. These are the kinds of nagging, ongoing management problems that contribute to long work hours, unhealthy stress levels, poor work-life balance . . . and high degrees of employee frustration.

The Enemy of Engagement not only pinpoints the organizational barriers that prevent high achievers from doing their jobs properly, it also offers practical, clearheaded advice for fixing the problems. You’ll learn how to ensure that your employees’ skills and abilities are put to best use, and to give them the resources they need—including clear goals and expectations and adequate information, decision-making authority, and collaborative support—to get the job done.

Everyone is under pressure in today’s competitive economy, but data show that the most successful organizations don’t meet their goals by squeezing employees a little more. Rather, they enable their best people to succeed. Now you can too with the eye-opening insights and strategies in The Enemy of Engagement.

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