People are looking for meaning, purpose and a sense of fulfillment. Both in their life and at work.
Businesses are realizing the critical importance of engagement as the number one driver of productivity and high performing teams. Hiring for skills is not enough. Expecting people to be an all rounder is simply naive. When we hire people we hire a whole person not just a set of skills.
Engagement in Australia is a dismal 34% in the workplace. Something is wrong with this picture. Either the work is boring, leadership has failed or something is missing.
Looking for a fit to the core values and culture is a good start. There is something that most have completely missed. It is tapping into what people love to do. It is tapping into where people have their natural genius. Show people how to fulfill what is important to them and you have fully engaged people.
They will drive productivity which drives profitability. If you want to build a high performing team it starts with really knowing your people so you can bring the best out in them. The game of business has changed. Individual engagement and productivity is the key to high performing teams.