How Much Time Is and Should be Spent Engaging

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How Much Time Is and Should be Spent Engaging

Over the past few weeks I have been discussing the importance of Employee Engagement and how that can help drive profits, revenue and growth.  As I further engage in my research the quote below caught my attention.
“If you’re a leader trying to improve the inspiration, engagement, innovation and intrinsic motivation of your employees, it would be wise to assess whether you’re presently spending enough time interacting with them. And if you’re a career-minded employee (whether an individual contributor, middle manager, or executive) who wants to be more inspired, engaged, innovative and intrinsically motivated, then you need to assess whether you are presently spending enough time interacting with your leader.”
–Mark Murphy, CEO, Leadership IQ
Leadership IQ put together a Whitepaper with quite a bit of research and statistics.  I found 2 pieces of information especially interesting.  How much time currently is spend and what amount of time gets the results we want.

 

How many hours a week do you spend interacting with your direct leader?

Time Spent with Manager

  • Nearly 50% of people spend 3 or fewer hours per week interacting with their direct leader.
  • In fact, 20% of people spend just 1 hour per week interacting with their direct leader.
  • Fewer than 30% of people spend 6 or more hours per week interacting with their direct leaders.
  • The median time people spend interacting with their leader is 3 hours. But 3 hours spent per week interacting with one’s leader is not enough.

 

How much time should you spend with your manager per week to get the best results?

Suggested Time Spend with Manager

  • People who spend 6 hours per week interacting with their leader are 29% more inspired than people who spend only 1 hour per week interacting with their leader.
  • People who spend 6 hours per week interacting with their leader are 30% more engaged than people who spend only 1 hour per week interacting with their leader.
  • People who spend 6 hours per week interacting with their leader are 16% more innovative than people who spend only 1 hour per week interacting with their leader.
  • People who spend 6 hours per week interacting with their leader are 15% more intrinsically motivated than people who spend only 1 hour per week interacting with their leader.
  • It was found that the optimal time to spend interacting with one’s leader is 6 hours as similar results for Inspiration existed for Engagement, Innovation and Intrinsic Motivation.

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