Monday, January 29, 2007

Team Connectiveness - Part Three

So if you are the business leader.....

You pay 100% of an employee's salary.

You may only be getting 37% of their effort.

According to a study conducted by the Gallup Organization, corporations that do nothing to help employees connect with one another at work have employees that are 63% less likely to be engaged on the job. That means employees are actively disengaged in their job function, undedicated and actually damaging a company’s productivity.

The lack of connection felt by a company’s employees actually increases the risks and costs associated with the following:

· Employee turnover
· Absenteeism
· Healthcare
· Productivity
· Communication
· Loyalty
· Innovation

Team connectiveness as you can see from a business leader's perspective is extremely important and has a positive or negative Ripple effect that can extend well beyond the company's bottom line.

So why do so many organizations continue to ignore it?

Because to fix it might appear to be more costly than it truly is.

As I mentioned in part one of this series, team building activities just aren't cutting it. Organizations that invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in helping their team be better teammates often grow frustrated when the residual affects of a ropes course or Kum Ba Ya hugs are long since over and everyone has to return to the office trenches on Monday morning.

So it is easy to see why companies simply fail to try. It is easy to understand why they simply let their teams "be" even if those teams happen to "be" dysfunctional.

It doesn't have to be that way. Why would anyone in their right mind want to actively or passively promote a work environment that doesn't help everyone perform at their highest level. It just doesn't make sense.

If you are paying 100% of an employee's salary you should expect a respectable return for that investment. But it requires you actively work to insure that everyone within the company is connecting and working together.

And if you are the employee receiving 100% of your salary but giving back less than 100% effort because of the environment you work in, it becomes your responsibility to challenge the status quo. It requires you take an active role in breaking the negative cycle of disconnectiveness.

In my next POST and the final one of this series, we will look at how something as simple as the Ripple can bring about real changes in your team environment.

Until next time.....

Ripple On!

Steve Harper

1 comment:

Scott Ingram said...

Great series Steve. Would you send me a link to the original Gallup study that you sited?

Also, I'm sure Thom has already invited you but I wanted to make sure you knew about the next Austin Business Bloggers Club meeting on February 5th.

All the details:
Austin Business Bloggers

Happy Networking!
(er Connecting, er Rippling!)