Employee engagement is at an all-time low. Many factors contribute to a lack of engagement, many of the factors being technological and social – this is why Behavioral EQ training is instrumental to increasing engagement and productivity.
- According to Gallup, only 3 out of 10 employees are actively engaged in their work.
- Among the other 7 out of 10, 2 of these workers are actively disengaged.
- This means that 5 out of 10, 50% of your workforce is just sort of there.
Why Are Employees Engagement Levels Dropping?
One major reason is that we are drained. As we are increasingly connected to our work, our time for ourselves and families is becoming more and more scarce. Even though we are working more, this cycle actually hinders our productivity and our quality of work and also leaves us dissatisfied with our careers. The rise of digital technology has made our lives simpler in so many ways, yet complicated and convoluted in many other ways. We feel obligated to be accessible to our jobs at all times because, thanks to technology, we are technically accessible around the clock via our electronic devices. We are exposed to an extensive downpour of information and requests that we feel obligated to be responsive to and it has, in fact, had an adverse reaction and created a disengaged, counterproductive workforce.
Multi-tasking disrupts employee engagement
Humans were not designed with the ability to multi-task, yet we are constantly being tasked with doing exactly that. Not to mention we are highly distracted, constantly check our phones, email and social networks throughout the day. This is disruptive and highly damaging to our productivity and
Behavioral EQ Training teaches us how to limit our distractions and how to be more connected with our work and those we work with. Through practical strategies focused on conscientiousness, self-control and self-insight, we learn ways to improve our productivity and efficiency at work.
Boost Engagement with Behavioral EQ
By learning how we behaviorally and emotionally respond to stressful stimulus we can learn to take control. When we feel confident in our abilities to succeed we do not feel over-burdened by tasks and instead, learn how to prioritize our assignments so that we are giving our best effort to one project at a time and we learn to limit distractions and postpone unnecessary requests.
With strong emotional intelligence skills, employees can:
- Maintain self-control and limit distractions that lead to a lack of focus
- Achieve their fullest potentials through an awareness of personal responsibility and the awareness that their organization’s success is directly affected by their output.
- Enhance corporate culture, which ultimately encourages employee retention and job satisfaction.
- Become skilled networkers who invest time in developing lasting, positive relationships
- Break out of the task mentality of fast-paced, high-pressure positions
The Behavioral EQ Model gives us a deeper understanding of ourselves, allowing us to understand our weaknesses and strengths, and giving us the tools to better understand our emotions and reactions. In turn, the model also equips us with tools to accurately assess other’s behaviors and emotions, and what they might mean, allowing us to more accurately interact with our peers.
Our Emotional Intelligence model can help your staff:
- See the value of their work in big-picture terms
- Find satisfaction in team interactions
- Work through challenges and conflicts effectively
- Achieve greater connectedness with managers and co-workers
If you want to increase engagement, you must tackle it from every angle. Giving your managers the tools to influence and listen (two core components of Behavioral EQ) is equally as important as training your staff to enhance relationships and teamwork skills.
Feeling engaged in our work has a lot to do with or EQ. We feel most engaged when are given the skills needed to address behaviors that result out of frustrations or stress. Giving your workforce the opportunity to improve their interpersonal skills allows them the opportunity to develop and practice skills that will simultaneously improve cognitive abilities in other tasks.
Employee Engagement Research and Resources
Many organizations and employees are forced to multi-task, day in and day out, and that is just the nature of the job. But many organizations do not equip their teams with skills needed to stabilize their social behaviors. Behavioral EQ targets many areas that can be hindered by our dependency of technology, such as Listening, Self-Control, Conscientiousness, Empathy and Stress Management, allowing us to reclaim our ability to function in our highly digitized world. There is a cyclical nature of our reliance on technology. Many times we depend on it when we feel stressed or uncomfortable, thus putting us back further in our workload or obstructing our social experiences even more.
Dr. Casey Mulqueen is featured in INC Magazine discussing how we can actually rewire our brain to be more engaged at work. According to Mulqueen, executives can leverage psychology to improve performance and get more out of their employees. The human brain automatically reacts to physical or psychological threats by releasing hormones and when the hormones are released, it's hard to control your actions, but you can effectively fight your own evolution" and rewire your brain.
According to Gallup, only 3 out of 10 employees are actively engaged in their work. Among the other 7 out of 10, 2 of these workers are actively disengaged. So how do we motivate our employees to be more engaged with their work? Many executives think, “I can’t change the duties of the job, so I guess I will just need to continue replacing the people doing the job”, but in reality, the nature of the job is only a fraction of what motivates your workforce to be engaged.