Leveraging Our Greatest Organizational Resource
January 27, 2015
By Patricia Marrone Bennett
There is no doubt that there is increasing pressure to do more with less. Whether you manage a government department or a non-profit organization, the needs of those we serve typically outweigh available resources. Moreover, there is an increased demand for transparency requiring us to demonstrate that we are doing our best with our limited resources. However, did you know that we have an untapped well of resources in our workforce? Research has shown that when the people we lead and manage are engaged in their work and workplaces, they are much more productive. In fact, a highly engaged workforce can increase productivity by 21%, lower absenteeism by 37%, and reduce workplace safety incidents by 48%. So how do we increase engagement? The first step is to measure and understand the organization’s current level of employee engagement. Check out this article regarding the twelve questions that are essential to measuring and improving workforce engagement.
One Small Planet
It is impossible to look back over the events of the past year and not viscerally feel the interconnectedness between ourselves, our families, our communities, and the rest of the world. The struggles of other countries, even other states, that once felt like distant concerns confined to the evening news now take on a different meaning. The pandemic and its economic devastation; the urgent cries for racial justice; the ever-increasing threat of wildfires, hurricanes, and other climate-change-driven disasters: these challenges belong to all of us.
Moving from Crisis to Chronic
Six months into the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are still operating in crisis mode. We are exhausted, and the items we put on the shelf are starting to stack up. It’s time to revisit our triage plans, no matter how planful or ad hoc, and re-evaluate our priorities and resources.