But it isn’t just in our personal lives that we can fall into the trap of leaving things until it is way past the optimum time to act. As leaders we know that employee engagement is critical to the success of our organisations; but continuing surveys pointing to low levels of engagement highlight just how lax some businesses are at addressing engagement issues.
Yes, I know that developing the new product, building the customer bank, attracting investors and promoting the organisation all feature highly on our to-do lists; but quite frankly we can’t afford to make employee engagement a mañana action. So what are the consequences of ignoring employee engagement? Well for a start in the spirit of use it or lose it, unless we engage with our people then we are going to lose them. The brightest and the best of our people will simply go elsewhere, the rest will be so disengaged that they might as well not be present.