5 Key Strategies to Maximize Employee Engagement
by Stacie Walker, Window Shopper
- Created: May 22, 2013, 12:12 am
- Updated: May 22, 2013, 12:14 am
Why is it that so many business leaders make employee engagement such a low priority? In most cases it’s really quite simple, they either don’t know how or they just don’t want to. If you have ever thought of establishing an employee engagement plan into your overall business strategy and do a thorough analysis of your organization, you’re quite likely to discover where your business could be impacted by reassigning the value you place on your employees and the voice they provide to your business. When organizational and personal values are brought to life in front of the employee, employee engagement often follows. Walking the walk, and talking the talk builds trust and empowers leaders whom are respected, admired, and followed. Here are five strategies to maximizing your team’s effort, commitment, and loyalty: 1. Let your values be your guide. With only rare exceptions, all employees desire to be part of something special and they want to work for good people whom they respect. Being values driven with help you to meet both of these desires. 2. Communicate you way to commitment. Most employees want to know where the organization is headed and why it wants or needs to get there. The more employees understand those things the greater the likelihood they will be engaging in and committed to their jobs. Helping them understand those things is through communication. 3. Focus on relationships. The more positive your relationships with your team members and the people you depend on, the more trust you will earn, and the more engaged your employees will become. 4. Demonstrate that you trust them. Relationships without trust will often foster feelings of hostility and even disloyalty. Show your employees that you trust them. This can even be accomplished with a simple one-off event, such as letting the secretary use your credit card to book a flight for you. Or when appropriate, make employees authorized users on the company credit card. Because of its importance, money is one of the most effective tools for demonstrating trust. 5. Concentrate on change. You can have a significant impact on how your team members deal with change. Change is inevitable and you can go a long way to helping your employees understand, accept, and work though change more effectively. When you help people develop, it underscores and displays that you truly care about their success and it’s a good sign that you are engaged in their well-being and have their best interest at heart. Helping employees learn and grow prepares them, and your organization to meet future challenges.
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