55pc GCC staff ‘not engaged at work’
Dubai, September 1, 2011
Around 55 per cent of GCC employees are not engaged or inspired by their managers, while highly engaged employees help improve financial performance by up to 5.7 per cent in operating margins, said a report.
The motivated employees were also instrumental in adding up to 3.4 per cent in net profit margins, said a survey conducted by Towers Watson, a leading global professional services firm.
Employees who are not engaged are those who go through each workday putting time but no passion or energy into their work. Actively disengaged employees are worse as aside from being unhappy at work, they also manifest their discontent through their actions, said the report.
Skopos Consulting Group, a leading organisation development solutions firm in the Middle East and Africa, has pointed out that a growing number of companies in the region are now actively seeking support in light of the growing threat of employee disengagement.
Skopos further noted that companies are particularly interested in advanced executive coaching, corporate team building, conflict management, and soft and hard skills development solutions, which are customized to match the specific requirements of the GCC business environment.
“Motivation remains a crucial factor in cultivating a dynamic and productive workplace. It helps realise the full potential of all members of the organisation, while preventing employees from becoming disengaged at work,” said Dr Hussein El Kazzaz, managing director, Skopos Consulting Group.
“While leaders play a very important role in motivating employees, some company officials in the region may lack the necessary skills to accomplish this critically important task. This can result in missed opportunities and a substantial decline in business performance.”
“Skopos has therefore been actively helping business organisations address this key issue through Organisation Development. Moreover, we are very pleased with the outcome of efforts to reach out to businesses across the region as we are now seeing a positive transformation in the organizational culture of our business clients,” he added. – TradeArabia News Service