Fostering a Culture of Engagement is Key to Combating Employee Disengagement and Quiet Quitting

June 12, 2024
Geoffrey Roche

Employee engagement in the U.S. workforce has reached an alarming 11-year low, with only 30% of employees actively engaged at work, according to Gallup. This significant drop in engagement and rise in disengagement highlights a pressing challenge for leaders across various industries on how to foster a culture where employees feel motivated and valued.

What strategies can leaders implement to transform disengagement into proactive engagement within their organizations?

Holistic Leadership: The Future of Work & Education in Healthcare,” hosted by Geoffrey M. Roche, features Tom Willis, co-founder and partner at Phoenix Performance Partners and author of “The Great Engagement: How CEOs Create Exceptional Cultures.” Together, they delve into the intricacies of fostering a culture of engagement in the workplace.

Key Points of Discussion:

  • Engagement as the Antidote to Resignation: Willis emphasizes that focusing on engagement, rather than resignation, can counteract the trend of “quiet quitting” and disengagement.
  • Creating a Culture of Belonging and Psychological Safety: Effective leadership requires balancing psychological safety with encouraging employees to exercise psychological courage.
  • Leadership’s Role in Stress Alleviation: Leaders need to adopt a strategic approach to reduce workplace stress, ensuring a more supportive and productive environment.

Tom Willis is a seasoned leader with a diverse background in education, consulting, and executive management. He has served as CEO of Cornerstone and worked as a consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers and an engineer at Intel Corporation. With degrees from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame, Willis brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his role at Phoenix Performance Partners. He is also the author of “The Great Engagement: How CEOs Create Exceptional Cultures.”

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