Convincing the cynical employee

Are employees engaged or playing dead? Depends on the corporate culture
By John McVeigh
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/15/2005

Don’t look now, but we’re surrounded. Surrounded by employees who don’t trust us, by employees who don’t care, by workers who are interested only in themselves and their careers. This may sound cynical but the research says it’s true.

A 2002 global survey of almost 20,000 workers, by consulting firm Taylor Nelson Sofres, found that as much as 54 per cent of the workforce within lower-performing companies is made up of disengaged employees and people who place themselves or their careers over company needs. Ouch.

Other studies have shown workers want improvements in recognition and awards before they will feel committed to their organizations.