44% of managers do not know what motivates their employees,
70% of employee engagement is determined by employees’ managers.
So what does this all mean? It means that managers do not know their employees very well and therefore cannot bring out the best in them.
The performance of your people either makes or breaks an organisation and having those skills to motivate employees for high performance, to get them to work WITH you not just FOR you and to give you 150% will position you as a highly sought after manager. The skills you need to be able to do this are the soft leadership skills. Many managers do not feel comfortable with this soft side of management and they certainly haven’t been “trained” in them. Yet these are the skills that are now being recognised as an essential complement to your technical and industry specific skills.Peter Wilson, President of the Australian Human Resource Institute, said in November 2014, that only 24% of Australian employees are engaged, 60% are neutral – just there but not really engaged, 16% are turned off. These figures are alarming and presumably Peter Wilson, in his position, knows.
There is another astounding related statistic that also calls for action. The lack of productivity in Australian businesses costs $42 billion per year.
It therefore is imperative that managers develop soft leadership skills that will assist them to inspire engagement and motivate employees for high performance.
If this is you, if this is happening in your organisation, you need to come to my workshop in Melbourne on Tuesday, 23rd June, 2015.
For further information and to register, download the flyer and registration form here.