Magazine article New Zealand Management

The Big Job Turnoff. (News, Trends, People)

Magazine article New Zealand Management

The Big Job Turnoff. (News, Trends, People)

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According to researcher Gallup Organisation, a quarter of a million Kiwis report to work but don't switch on to their jobs. And these "actively disengaged" employees cost the New Zealand economy around $6.2 billion a year.

The survey, released at the end of last year, suggests 13 percent of the New Zealand workforce, is physically present but psychologically absent from their workplace. They are the disenchanted and disaffected, who are often vocal in showing their negative attitudes to their work and employer and invariably insist on sharing their unhappiness with their colleagues.

Only 19 percent of this group would recommend their companies' products and services, and only three percent would recommend their company as a great place to work. Perhaps more disturbing is the fact that 27 percent of them still plan on being with their current employer a year from now.

The solution to the problem rests with managers, according to the survey.

The best managers create engaged employees. `Engaged' employees are psychologically committed to the employer organisation. They are loyal, productive workers who find their work satisfying and perform at consistently high levels. …

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