In the wake of positive economic news regarding small business growth, stock market gains and decreasing unemployment rates, many employers are beginning to rethink how they engage with employees on a regular basis.
A recent study by Sodexo, entitled 2012 Workplace Trends Report, found that employees are beginning to look to their companies to provide a better quality experience both inside and outside of the office. Companies that provide better training, clearer company goals and greater flexibility about employee schedules are likelier to have better and more dedicated workers.
"For any business wanting to grow, these trends show there is a premium on programs that are outcome driven and on sustainable results that address both people and physical space," said Michael Norris, COO and market president for Sodexo's Corporate segment.
Similar findings in the Temkin Group's Employee Engagement Benchmark Study found that while a third of American employees consider themselves highly engaged, a quarter feel disengaged by their employers. As a result, motivated employees are 480 percent more focused on their organization's success, 250 percent more likely to do something good on their own accord and 30 percent less likely to call in sick.