Right People, Right Seats
Special Guest Blog by Kim Watson, PhD, PMP
Employee Engagement Crisis
According to Gallup (2020), only 36% of employees are engaged at work. Leaders, statistically that means at least 6 out of 10 of your employees ARE NOT engaged! And in case you think that’s just a reflection of Covid-19, it was 34% engaged two years ago (Gallup, 2018). So, that’s actually an improvement.
And there’s more bad news, 51% of workers are actively looking for a new job (Gallup, 2020)! Again, statistically, that’s half of your team members!
The Right Leaders
BUT … Executives and Team Leaders take heart! Gallup (2018) also found that 70% of the variance in engagement is tied to the quality of an employee’s Team Leader. This is because Team Leaders influence a worker’s ability to use their strengths to do what they do best.
When team members are able to do what they do best in a culture that understands who they are, they are happier employees. Not only is that good for them, it’s good for you. Because happy employees are 12% more productive (Fast Company, 2015). And when your organization reflects a culture of happy employees, statistically returns to shareholders increase between 60% and 200% (Dewar, 2018). You read that right: 60% to 200% increase return to shareholders!
So, does having the right people in the right seats matter? It certainly does – in meaningful and measurable ways – for both the organization and the individual.
Perhaps you are asking, “But how can you really know if you have the right people in the right seats?” Since I’m quoting lots of statistics here to prove my point, I would answer – by using data driven strategy.
Nature or Nurture?
Most researchers now agree that human temperament is slightly less than 50% due to genes, and the rest due to environmental factors (Park, 2013). Thus, our predisposition for how we navigate the world is a sum of our DNA and the environment in which we were raised. Your temperament, or your traits, are pretty well formed by the age of 12 and nearly indistinguishable from adulthood by age 16 (Allik, Laidra, Realo, & Pullmann, 2004).
Data to Discern People’s “Wiring”
The best performance for an organization and the individual occurs when there is alignment between the needs of the organization and the hard-wiring of the individual. If ideally, aligned, the individual will not have to expend energy to modify their behaviors in order to do the job. Rather, the individual’s traits will prime them for success for everyone’s benefit. And, you end up with those engaged, happy individuals that you as a leader helped to empower.
That’s why when we say “Right People, Right Seats” we’re talking about making strategic decisions that truly have the power to impact your top and bottom lines, and your scalability. Because, when you make strategic people decisions built upon solid data, everyone wins.
Learning From An Expert
Come to our Oct 28 Workshop!
If you lead a company with more than 15 people, You’re invited to a Right People Right Seats Workshop Kim Watson and I are co-hosting on October 28, 2020.
Before Our Workshop…
- take a six-minute assessment using a scientific trait device with impressive validity and reliability
At The Workshop…
- provide all of the leaders in our workshop with perspective on what she finds
- answer your specific questions about the findings for YOUR team
- assess the unseen dimensions that make up YOUR team, and guide you on your path to getting the Right People in the Right Seats!
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- We’ll decide who on your team should take the 6-minute assessment
- We’ll set up the assessment so results are summarized for your specific team
When and Where?
The Right People Right Seats Workshop will be held the morning of Wednesday, October 28 from 9:00. to 11:30 a.m. This is a LIVE, In-Person event to be held at 3530 S. Val Vista Dr., #211, Gilbert, AZ 85297.
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Allik, J., Laidra, K., Realo, A., & Pullmann, H. (2004). Personality Development from 12 to 18 Years of Age: Changes in Mean Levels and Structure of Traits. European Journal of Personality, 18, 445-462. doi:10.1002/per.524
Dewar. (2018, March 27). Culture: 4 keys to why it matters. Retrieved from McKinsey & Company: https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/organization/our-insights/the-organization-blog/culture-4-keys-to-why-it-matters#
Fast Company. (2015, July 22). Why Happy Employees Are 12% More Productive. Retrieved from Fast Company: https://www.fastcompany.com/3048751/happy-employees-are-12-more-productive-at-work; https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/organization/our-insights/the-organization-blog/culture-4-keys-to-why-it-matters#
Gallup. (2018, August 26). Employee Engagement on the Rise in the U.S. Retrieved from Gallup: https://news.gallup.com/poll/241649/employee-engagement-rise.aspx
Gallup. (2020, July 2). Historic Drop i Employee Engagement Follows Recod Rise. Retrieved from Gallup: https://www.gallup.com/workplace/313313/historic-drop-employee-engagement-follows-record-rise.aspx
Park, A. (2013). Born to Be Wild. The Science of You; The Factors That Shape Your Personality, 10-15.