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There are plenty of people who grow up, asked what they want to be, and most of them have a dream job in mind. The majority, however, rarely ever accomplish those dreams, often acquiring minimum wage or low-wage jobs, or in a completely different field than where they really wanted to be, where they may remain working for their entire lives, settling, and accepting that there is nothing they can do about it. For many people, unfortunately, this is a reality. For others, it is a reality they refuse to accept and change their situation.
Those people who do break out of the habit of acquiring those types of jobs are more passionate about working and aspiring for a higher purpose, find meaning in their work, want a better salary, work hard to get to where they are now, or they knew someone and were able to get an “in” or their parents helped them to get where they are at. Whatever the reason, a person who aims for a better job, gets the better job, so long as they have a desire and a passion for it.
Workers who are passionate tend to be noticed, may bargain, and establish higher paying salaries to begin with, and acquire leadership positions in their companies. When companies begin to notice the talents and skills of their employees and recognize and utilize them, the company finds itself prosperous and the employee is much more engaged than employees whose skills remain unrecognized. When employee talent and skill goes unrecognized, the employee no longer feels passionate or engaged and is only likely to perform associated tasks for the job, becoming disengaged, rather than going above and beyond any basic requirements. With the lack of employee passion, desire, and motivation, a company loses creative ideas, innovation, and imagination, all of which could have provided the fruits for success.
When employee talents and skills are combined to form teams, the benefits are overwhelming for company wellness, employee engagement and satisfaction, and overall profitability.
What engages and inspires employees to have that passion from the beginning? And how do companies continue that spark and use it to better their own agendas?
This infographic provides meaningful insight into the passion of employees.
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Where’s the Passion?
A staggering 71% of employees are not “engaged” in their work.1
71% Total Disengaged: Overall, employees are emotionally disconnected form their jobs, so they’re less apt to do their best work or be as efficient.
52% No engagement: Employees feel increasingly unenthusiastic and uninspired while at work.
19% Active Disengagement: Productivity loss and unhappiness spread.
TIME AND MONEY WASTED
36% of our work week is unproductive—that’s lost time, resources and money. Many of the chief causes are comma nivation issues.2
Average Workweek: 45 hours
– 28 Productive Hours
– 17 Unproductive Hours
That’s 37% of total time spent at work!
Unclear Priorities 31%
Ineffective Meetings 32%
Lack of Team Communcation 32%
LET’S NOT HAVE A MEETING
American workers spend 5.5 hours per week in meetings.3
71% of Meetings are Unproductive.
PASSION + ENGAGEMENT = SUCCESS
Worker passion drives knowledge flows, which can significantly improve company performance.
Passionate employees are two times as likely to become inspired and energized by unexpected challenges as the disengaged, 72% to 36%.4
My job is alright.. 36%
I LOVE my job!.. 72%
SOCIAL IS THE FUTURE OF BUSINESS
Business executives agree that social software is rapidly increasing in importance for their organizations.
Perceived Importance of Social Software to Orgnization 5
TOTAL: 50% TODAY 60% 1 YEAR FROM TODAY 75% 3 YEARS FROM TODAY
VERY IMPORTANT: 15% TODAY 30% 1 YEAR FROM TODAY 50% 3 YEARS FROM TODAY
SOMEWHAT IMPORTANT: 45% TODAY 45% 1 YEAR FROM TODAY 15% 3 YEARS FROM TODAY
EMPLOYEES TAKE THE INITIATIVE
Many teams are introducing collaborative tools to communicate better with their coworkers
– Four Square
20 – 25% Increase in Productivity
Communication and collaboration improved through social technologies could improve interaction worker productivity by 20 – 25%.6
SOCIAL MAKES WORK BETTER
Employees love Social Media!
86% at companies effectively employing internal social tools would encourage others to work there
61% say a company’s internal social media makes it easier to collaborate
60% say using internal social media demonstrates innovation
58% prefer companies that use social media7
Social software can help combat disengagement and communication issues while improving efficiency, innovation, and passion.
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Matthew Gates is a freelance web designer and currently runs Confessions of the Professions.