The recession—hopefully—is almost behind us, and now is the time to focus on rebuilding employee engagement. With a happier, more fulfilled workforce, companies can emerge from the recession stronger than their competitors and drive lasting bottom-line growth.
The last 18 months have been tough for almost every company: the recession has resulted in restructurings, layoffs, mergers, and belt-tightening. In these circumstances, it’s no surprise many employees are feeling overworked, uncommitted, and unsettled. The recession, however, is waning, and managers need to act now to boost employee engagement—because companies that focus on reengaging employees today will emerge with more market share after growth returns. Those who do not will be slower out of the blocks and left behind.