Organizations continue to struggle with low employee engagement and thus are missing opportunities to capitalize on the real innovative power that exists within their firms. Contributing to the low engagement state are Leaders that create toxic environments that in extreme cases drive employees to seek medical care. These cases are producing negative financial and human impacts within and outside of the organizations and is an ethical issue that needs to be addressed.
According to the results of a 2011-2012 world-wide Gallup survey, “The bulk of employees worldwide -- 63% -- are "not engaged," meaning they lack motivation and are less likely to invest discretionary effort in organizational goals or outcomes.” (Crabtree, 2013) A recent “poll of almost three thousand people reported that nearly half of employees reported missing time at work from work-related stress, 61% said that workplace stress had made them physically sick, and 7% said they had been hospitalized because of workplace stress and its physiological effects.” (Pfeffer, 2018).
OSI is focused on reversing this disturbing trend and building healthy engagement.
The Economics and Ethics of
Employee Engagement and Well-Being