Really, Could It Get Any Worse?

Have a read of this excerpt from Gary Hamel's excellent WSJ blog. I highly recommend you read his blog regularly.


"Consider the recent "Global Workforce Survey"
conducted by Towers Perrin, an HR consultancy. In an attempt to measure
the extent of employee engagement around the world, the company polled
more than 90,000 workers in 18 countries. The survey covered many of
the key factors that determine workplace engagement, including: the
ability to participate in decision-making, the encouragement given for
innovative thinking, the availability of skill-enhancing job
assignments and the interest shown by senior executives in employee


Here's what the researchers discovered: barely one-fifth (21%) of
employees are truly engaged in their work, in the sense that they would
"go the extra mile" for their employer. Nearly four out of ten (38%)
are mostly or entirely disengaged, while the rest are in the tepid
middle. There's no way to sugarcoat it--this data represents a stinging
indictment of the legacy management practices found in most companies."


"Good Work" as defined by Howard Gardner, Mihaly Csikszentmihaly and William Damon includes all three meanings of the word good: excellence, engagement, ethics. Why do we settle for less at work?

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