Have you become cynical at work? Do you react negatively to any activity your boss tries to implement by way of boosting morale? If you replied yes to either of these, it means you are disengaged from your workplace.
Why does this happen? Is it that you are being offered perks and benefits you’re not particularly interested in? Is your boss saying how great things are going but then micromanages you the whole time, as if you can’t be trusted? Do you feel upper management says one thing and then does another when it comes to company culture? Maybe there isn’t even any engagement programme in place? You work really hard but don’t feel valued? Whatever the reason, being disengaged can have terrible effects on morale, causing a decrease in productivity and sometimes a vague murderous feeling towards your colleagues. None of this is healthy or beneficial for anyone, it causes absenteeism to rise and work satisfaction to drop. It only takes one disgruntled team member to poison the whole atmosphere and it needs to be dealt with as soon as possible.
According to a report by Morley Winograd and Michael Hais named “How millenials will upend Wall Street”, “Almost two-thirds (64 percent) of millennials said they would rather make $40,000 a year at a job they love than $100,000 a year at a job they think it’s boring”. I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to extrapolate from this that millennials will prefer to work for companies where they feel they matter, that their voice is heard or that their ideas are taken into consideration.
We don’t claim to have the answer to all these problems, but we do know that having an idea management platform where you can listen to your employees transparently can definitely make a difference.