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Employee Engagement – Why Is Your Boat Still Sinking?

Only 32.5% of employees are currently engaged and close to 2 out of 10 are actively disengaged according to 2016 Gallup research. Since our 2014 YouTube video, “Who’s Sinking Your Boat?” went viral, we simply haven’t seen much improvement in employee engagement in the workplace – in spite of billions of dollars being spent on employee engagement in the workplace, and a vastly improved economy. Why you might ask? Watch our latest video “Why is Your Boat Still Sinking?” and you might just find the secrets to engagement. Based on Bob Kelleher’s latest book, I-Engage, Your Personal Engagement Roadmap, and the latest employee engagement research from The Employee Engagement Group, Gallup, and many others (see sources below), we believe our latest video provides valuable insights for you personally, as well as for your organization.

Produced and written by Bob Kelleher and the team from The Employee Engagement Group™, including Liz Batchelder, Allan Benowitz, Laura Porter, and Andy Jacques. Animation by Liz Batchelder.

About Bob Kelleher
( 781-281-7257

Bob Kelleher is an award winning author, speaker, thought leader, and consultant, and travels the globe sharing his insights on employee engagement, leadership, and workforce trends. Bob is the author of 4 books: the best seller LOUDER THAN WORDS: 10 Practical Employee Engagement Steps… That Drive Results, CREATIVESHIP, A Novel for Evolving Leaders, EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT for Dummies, and I-ENGAGE, Your Personal Engagement Roadmap. Bob is also the President and Founder of The Employee Engagement Group.

About The Employee Engagement Group ( 781-281-7257

We are Global leaders in Employee Engagement Surveys, Assessments (The Engagement Accelerator), Workshops, Keynotes, Consulting, and The Engagement Toolbox (where you get to own our extensive library of content).

Research sources include:
– I-Engage, Your Personal Engagement Roadmap, by Bob Kelleher, BLKB Publisher
– Gallup, State of the American Workplace Report, 2016
– What is Happiness, Learn to Be Happy In Life
– Shawn Achor, Ted Talk “The Happiness Advantage. ”
– Blessing White Research on US $ Spent on Employee Engagement
– Kenexa, Workforce Trends Report
– David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell
– Deloitte’s Shift Index on Job Satisfaction Business Insider Magazine
– Harris Poll on US Happiness
– Fast Company Magazine – Creative Conversations with Mark Crowley, 2013


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  1. Hi Bob. Great follow-up video. You gave me permission to use your previous video, "Who's Sinking Your Boat?" for a presentation I did last year. I am doing a follow-up presentation this year and I was wondering if I could use this video, "Why Is Your Boat Still Sinking," in that presentation. Your videos are a great way to get participants thinking and engaged at the beginning of a discussion.

  2. I wanted to share this video for a class paper i want to get permission to use it… of course i will cite you in the paper. thank you in advance for your time.

  3. Hi Bob I love both videos. Thank you for sharing. As I did the math on the updated 2016 video I came up with 101% instead of 100% (32.5% actively engaged) (51% Disengaged) (17.5% Actively Disengaged). I wanted to give you a heads-up plus hopefully find out what numbers need adjusting. Thank you!

  4. Hi Bob! Thank you for sharing these great videos! Do you by chance have them in Spanish, or at least subtitled? I would like to share them with my team and most of them don't speak English.

  5. Hi Bob

    I came across this last year and i tried to put some of you ideas into operation as an engagement champion.
    Would it be possible to use this as part of an information video?

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