Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to reflect on workplace engagement, team dynamics and the love or respect you show your staff – and vice versa.   Surveys suggest that as few as 13% of employees are fully engaged at work – and where there are engaged employees, they generate 43% more revenue for the business.  Did you know that 67% of engaged employees advocate their organisation whereas only 3% of disengaged employees do so.  Did you know that engaged employees are 87% less likely to leave?  From a sick day perspective which always hits the bottom line, engaged employees take on average 2.7 sick days per year, whilst disengaged employees take 6.2. That’s over double!

  • It is estimated that engaged employees take an average of 2.69 sick days per year; the disengaged take 6.19;
  • Engaged employees generate 43% more revenue (Hay Group);
  • 67% of engaged advocate their organisation; only 3% of the disengaged do (Gallup);
  • 9 out of 10 of the key barriers to successful change are people related (PWC);

59% of engaged employees say work brings out their most creative ideas – only 3% of the disengaged agree (Gallup).Get it wrong in a personal relationship and it ends. Simple as that! Or is it? What is the true cost to your business when things go awry? Well, it definitely has a big commercial impact not to mention mental health and physical well-being implications too.
What Can Valentine’s Day Tell Us About Our Workplace Environment?
Well, it’s a time when people show their feelings of appreciation – too often something we fail to do so in a personal or work capacity.  Feeling appreciated is one of the key drivers to engaged employees, just as it is in personal relationships.
Despite being an incredibly low cost option not to mention intuitive, you would be surprised at how often this basic level of decency is overlooked by employers.  Not that dissimilar to many of our personal relationships in fact, I’m sure most of us can recognise those times when we are just so busy that we drift away from expressing appreciation – or do it in a half-hearted way.
One simple area of appreciation which actually doesn’t cost a penny, is helping people around us feel listened too. There is an old saying that “God gave us two ears and a mouth, so we ought to listen twice as much as we speak”. Listening is one of the simplest forms to express to one another that their views are valued.
Good relationships tend to be a two way process.  A bit clichéd but the more you give the more you get!
How Do We Make A Happy And Healthy Workplace?
This falls into two parts – 1) ensuring that people can speak and air their views safely – whether that be partners, colleagues or employees and 2)taking this feedback ‘like a boss’ and actually doing something about it, acting upon what has been said to drive change
Easy Things You Can Do Right Now

  • Reflect on whether you have a workplace culture where gratitude is freely expressed and bountiful, answer truthfully even if it’s painful.
  • Consider ways in which you can foster free-flowing communication within your workplace, rather than leaving it for the Annual Staff Survey.
  • Go back to the top of this article and read those scary numbers again and make a decision to move your culture in the right direction if it’s off-course.

A Solution That Sings To Tune Of The Anonymous (Heart)Beat
If you are really looking at different ways to shake things up and instigate positive change then you take a look at and consider this as a precious gift to your employees. SpeakInConfidence is an ‘always-on’ anonymous communications platform where your staff can easily let you know if they have problems, concerns or ideas.   We can’t guarantee straight off the blocks that you will get it right – but you will be giving your staff the ability to be heard when they are not normally. Give yourself the gift of knowing better when and why you are getting things right (and when you not. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, and if things are hunky-dory back at base you have the chance to fix them quickly. For further information on SpeakInConfidence  | email [email protected]

Protect: Anonymous Speak Up: A safe and secure way for your people to anonymously raise concerns via phone, tablet, or PC, ensuring you are aware of any workplace issues and can respond quickly and accordingly

Consolidated Case Management: A secure online place to record, track, update, and report on all speaking up matters, whether raised through WorkInConfidence or directly.

Surveys: Easily set up, run and interpret surveys on engagement, respect, wellness or other topics to ensure you always understand your people, their needs and motivations.

Discussion Boards: Demonstrate your commitment to collaboration with discussion boards to accelerate employee engagement and gain greater insights – anonymous if required.