• Cathie Leimbach

Passion Drives Productivity


Fifty years ago, many people expected to stay at a job for decades or even their full working life. However, today, it is common for individuals to start looking for their next job after 12 to 18 months at their current one. This is too often perceived as Millennials being lazy or selfish or lacking patience. Not loving a job isn’t a reason to leave, is it?

Actually, yes, it is! When an employee doesn’t love their job, the decision to leave is likely doing both themselves and their employer a favor! The stress of a wrong-fit job greatly increases heart attacks and divorce and decreases workplace morale and productivity. When employees are engaged at work, they and their colleagues are happier and they apply themselves more fully to achieving the organization’s mission and goals. Retention and absenteeism fall. Hiring, onboarding, and training costs are reduced.

The number one factor in workplace engagement and job satisfaction is feeling valued and appreciated at work, says 87% of the workforce. Many productivity-focused managers think that a paycheck should be adequate appreciation, but employees rank pay as number 8 in the list of contributors to job satisfaction. If your leaders, managers, and supervisors aren’t successful in helping your employees feel valued and appreciated, it is likely that only 13% of your staff will give you a strong return on your payroll dollars.

The Gallup organization’s book, It’s the Manager, shares 52 common ways that workplace leaders fail to create an environment in which employees will reach their potential at work. One of the best ways to increase the return on your investment in personnel is to show your employees how much you value and appreciate them. Then, you will be on the road to reaching your bottom-line goals.


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