What Really Stands Between You and More Enjoyment (and Productivity) at Work?
Maybe your team needs building. Or a revised mission statement is in order. How about implementing a new engagement initiative?
Or maybe you're just not 'following your passion'...
What if I told you that your biggest problem is...
That's right, you heard me.
I'm not talking about an aquatic bird with feathers, bill, webbed feet and a waddling gait (like the inquisitive fella pictured above...).
I'm referring to a "Duck" with a Capital D - defined as anyone making your life at work a lot more difficult than it needs to be.
(And yes, there's a story behind the Duck but I'm skipping ahead in the interest of space...)
The Duck can be your boss, coworker, peer, employee, vendor, or even customer.
How can you tell it's a Duck?
If it walks like a Duck and talks (or quacks) like a Duck... it's not a Fish.
You've got a Duck problem.
Because our workplaces are Chuck-Full-O-Ducks.
Every Gallup workplace engagement survey for the past 16 years tells us that 2 of every 3 employees are "Disengaged", doing just enough to keep collecting a paycheck - while 1 out of 6 are "Actively Disengaged" - meaning they refuse to do their own work and make everyone else's life miserable in the process.
In other words... they're Ducks.
Sitting Ducks, Lame Ducks, Dead Ducks, Ugly Ducklings, just to name a few...
And no one wants to talk about it.
For the past three decades, corporate legal departments have been advising companies not to get rid of low performers, bullies, and back-stabbers, because of the potential cost of legal action.
But what legal experts rarely acknowledge or recognize is the exorbitant cost of keeping Ducks on the payroll.
These things can actually be measured now. Gallup estimates more than half a TRILLION dollars is lost to employee disengagement every year in the United States. I believe that estimate is low.
Yet instead of eliminating the Duck, companies just move him to a different department (i.e. "Passing the Duck"), so he can muck around in someone else's Pond for awhile.
When things get really bad, the Duck may get a "final" warning. This is usually followed by a "final, final" warning - because this time we really mean it - as if the meaning of the word 'final' has somehow changed in the dictionary...
Eventually, companies hire consultants to do team-building events or help implement engagement initiatives (I've done more than two dozen team-building series over the past four years and there's always a Duck quacking when you walk in the room).
No amount of team-building will cover up having a Duck in your midst.
Meanwhile, the people who suffer the most are your good employees, the ones doing the actual work.
The ones who aren't Ducks.
And it's getting worse. Because the good employees don't complain (that's part of what makes them good employees). They just keep getting overburdened and less enthusiastic. Until they begin to break down... or leave.
And we wonder why we have an engagement problem in the workplace.
It's time to stop. Because the Ducks are multiplying...
Teach your good people how to take care of themselves. Duck-u-ment.
Declare your workplace a DUCK-FREE ZONE.
Make the Ducks Stop Here.
Call Bob at 818-450-6804 to talk to your team about Getting The Ducks Out.