"Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity."-- General George S. Patton
Turns out, according to The employee experience, in most companies, employees do not care about their jobs. A Gallup survey found that only 25% of employees are “actively engaged”. 75% are just muddling through.
Many employees report that they don't understand the strategy or how what they do helps achieve it.They say they have the accountability but not the responsibility.
Could it be that employEEs are not the problem?
EmployER, heal thyself!
Managers of product managers take note: are you doing all the strategic thinking and relegating the product managers to the grunt work? You know, admin, meetings, scheduling?
If you're a manager--whether your employees are engaged or not--let me recommend First, Break All the Rules by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman. For a review and some action items, check out this discussion.
Employees want to become so involved in what they’re doing that they lose track of time. As many fathers and mothers have said, "do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life."