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How engaged are the members of your team?

SmartPulse — our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership — tracks feedback from more than 190,000 business leaders. We run the poll question each week in our e-newsletter.

Last week, we asked: How engaged are the members of your team?

  • Highly engaged: 27.49%
  • Mostly engaged: 48.86%
  • Somewhat engaged: 17.76%
  • Not engaged: 3.65%
  • Actively disengaged: 2.43%

You need them all engaged. While it’s great that almost 80% of you have a mostly or highly engaged team, having 20% of people out there who aren’t is a huge drag on the organization.  You’re likely spending 80% of your time on that 20% group of disengaged people.  That’s a tremendous productivity drain because engagement matters more than you think it does.  Spend a few days figuring out not now to cure the symptoms of their disengagement but rather how you can change their role or their perspective on their work to get them more engaged.  Everyone will benefit from that small investment of time on your part.

Mike Figliuolo is managing director of thoughtLEADERS and author of “One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership.”