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Written by: Vickie Sullivan  |  June 16, 2015

Latest Stats On Engagement

Yes, we all know that soft skills are a given for effective leadership. But this Gallup study adds stunning statistics to this perspective. Most surprising finding: that one in two (yep, that’s half) of the 7,000 plus workers have left their jobs because of their manager. Talk about a brain drain.

And those employee engagement studies we all quote? Managers play a huge role there, accounting for as much as 70% of variance in those scores. Wow.

It’s not enough to be “effective” on the job. This study shows that engagement is tied to daily communication. Key words here: daily communication. Wow. That’s not all folks. Employees also want access to their boss for non-work related issues as well. The buzzword coming down the pike: safe workplaces.

Studies like this one will spur more interest in middle management development. But don’t expect an army of OD trainers. I suspect gaming and online efforts will have the inside track. For thought leaders in this space, it’s time to partner with the techies.

 

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About Vickie Sullivan

Vickie Sullivan is internationally recognized as the top market strategist for thought leaders, professional speakers and B2B professional service firms. Specializing in brand and message strategies in crowded markets, she has helped thousands of talented people outsmart their competition since 1987.