Everyone feels a little bit differently about their job. Some people love what they do, the people they work with and the culture they're a part of.
For other people, not so much.
We wanted to know how you all feel about work. So we asked you to describe your feelings in song. We sponsored a hashtag game with our friends at Hashtag Roundup, called #MyJobAsASongTitle. The premise was simple: describe your work life using a song title. And we learned a lot.
Some of you seem to really love what you do.
Some Kind of Wonderful #MyJobAsASongTitle— Sharlyn Lauby (@sharlyn_lauby) June 20, 2017
Some of you have some very clever ways of describing what you do
I'll Stand by You ⚖️— Shea Browning (@SheaBrowning) June 20, 2017
(For a nominal fee) #MyJobAsASongTitle
Consultants Of Swing #MyJobAsASongTitle— Rishabh Sharma (@im_srishabh21) June 20, 2017
But most of you seem a little disengaged
#MyJobAsASongTitle— Angryxicana (@angry_xicana) June 20, 2017
Every day is exactly the same -NIN
So what can we learn from this?
Well, for one, this anecdotal look into how people feel at work lines up with the data. According to Gallup, only 15% of employees worldwide are engaged at work. That means 85% of people dislike their job, or often, their manager.
This should serve as a warning sign for organizations around the world that their people need to become a higher priority. Employee engagement is hugely beneficial to employee productivity and retention, but isn't always given its due as a proper business metric.
Want a simple way to start?
- Stop thinking about engagement in terms of a survey result and more as a result of great management.
- Stop thinking about engagement in terms of free pizza lunches and starting thinking about it in terms of more regular communication between employees and managers.
- Stop thinking about engagement as something your work on here and there and start thinking of it as an ongoing process.
- Stop thinking about engagement as a target to hit "because you should" and start thinking of it as a true business benefit to productivity and retention.
We hope you had as much fun as we did tweeting about #MyJobAsASongTitle. If you want to learn more about how you can get employee engagement to be a priority in your organization, check out our awesome new Talent Strategy Playbook, which will help you learn to put people first.