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Developing Talent for Organizational Results: Training Tools From the Best in the Field by Elaine Biech

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Chapter 23

Thank God It’s Monday!

How to Convert Disengaged Employees Into High-Performance Teams

THE EMMERICH GROUP

In This Chapter

  • A tongue-in-cheek look at why employees lack workplace satisfaction.
  • Managerial self-assessment to predict a successful culture shift.

Does anybody ever say “Thank God it’s Monday” anymore?

Not many. According to the Conference Board, we are currently experiencing a twenty-two-year low in employee satisfaction. And the downward spiral is consistent.

How bad is it? A 2006 Gallup study categorized 71 percent of U.S. workers as “disengaged.” That’s bad enough. But fully 17 percent—more than one in six employees—are actively disengaged. The energy vampires (and we’ve all been one at least once, so don’t get too

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