May 01, 2019
Employee Engagement, How Do I Get It?
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Employee engagement is when your employees are committed to your organization's goals and values. They are motivated to contribute to its success with an enhanced sense of their own well-being.
Instead of starting off with what it is and why we want it, let’s get right into some examples of what you can do. Are you hungry for information? It’s meat and potatoes time!
The main way to engage employees is to get leadership buy-in and action. If the executives don’t lead by example the trust is never built and engagement fails.
Provide your employees with tools for success. If they don’t have the computer, or training, or office supplies necessary and feel like they have to provide all those things themselves, they won’t stick around because they don’t think you care.
Communicate the goals of the organization. Make sure you have regularly scheduled meetings with the team so they know the “why” of what they are doing. Let them know where the company is headed and how their contributions are getting them there.
Give them as much autonomy in their roles as you can. I hear it regularly during the hiring process that employees want to be valued for their expertise and to have managers just let them do their jobs without hovering. You hired this person for a reason, let them shine.
Recognize their hard work. Not everyone likes open public recognition or a gift card, but telling someone how well they are doing with a “great job” once in a while can move mountains!
Get to know your team. You don’t have to become best friends with everyone and as a manager. I don’t suggest you do that at all anyway. However, you can find out about them, what they like, their hobbies, what is important to them, or their charities. Asking about things other than work is another way to show them that you care.
Simple. Train them. Give them meaningful work. Make sure they are in the right role. Check in with them often.
I’m sure you all know but here they are:
Engage with your team and work with all of your managers and supervisors to create the atmosphere that stops people from pushing the snooze button multiple times and makes them want to jump out of bed and come to work!
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