Almost two-thirds of CFOs believe their staff is more engaged in their jobs compared to three years ago, according to a new survey from staffing agency Robert Half. However, a majority of those polled (52 percent) still believe it's not enough.
"Engaged employees are more productive employees," stated Paul McDonald, senior executive director at Robert Half. "They typically are also more dedicated team members and less likely to jump ship. This is an especially important consideration for businesses in the current environment of low unemployment and a shortage of skilled workers."
"Employees are more likely to be engaged when they are given new challenges and regular performance feedback," he added. "They will also find more meaning and motivation in their work when they understand how their contributions fit with the overall goals of the business."
CFOs were asked, "Compared to three years ago, do you think employees are more or less engaged at work?" Their responses were as follows:
|Significantly more engaged||12%|
|Somewhat more engaged||48%|
|Somewhat less engaged||25%|
|Significantly less engaged||4%|
CFOs were also asked, "How concerned are you about your employees' level of engagement at work?" Their responses were:
|Not too concerned||31%|
|Not at all concerned||16%|
The CFO survey also revealed that the top five cities with the most engaged staff are Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Phoenix and St. Louis (tied).
Robert Half offers the following tips to increase engagement in the workplace:
- Ensure your firm is always staffed appropriately. When employees are overworked, they are less likely to feel motivated and engaged. Make sure your company has access to skilled temporary professionals who can support your team when business demands escalate and during prolonged hiring processes.
For more on Robert Half, head to their site here.
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