The Re-Engagement Of Everyday Work
Employee Engagement is, medications at its very core, all about building positive and sustainable relationships that encompass the intellect, emotions, effort and the collective spirit of teams and organizations to maximize performance. Employee engagement is also determined by the degree of connection and alignment employees have with their organization’s vision and goals. When work environments allow employees to flourish, performance is maximized or exceeded. In a nutshell, engagement is critical to the success of every organization, regardless of size. And we know that engaging leadership, at every level of the organization, is the single most important factor that drives engagement.
A perfect storm is brewing and approaching fast that will create a very important challenge for organizations. In spite of all the efforts that have been put into measuring engagement and creating corporate action plans, research continues to show very low levels of engagement in most organizations. The economy is turning around which often means many employees are considering making a career move. Companies with high levels of engagement will be more likely to retain their employees rather than lose them to competitors. The looming shortage of labour that will be created by large numbers of boomers retiring over the next five years isn’t helping either.
With relentless consumer demands, fierce competition, increasingly restrictive regulations and multi-generational, mobile workforces, is it any wonder that leaders are struggling in the face of this enormous challenge? It’s not easy being a leader today. But there is hope. One of the most effective strategies to address disengagement is to return to a few basics and to let leaders lead engagement at the grassroots level. It’s time to embrace new leadership models that focus on building loyal relationships. Old traditional command and control leadership styles are best left to managing robots. The four basic strategies below are a great place for leaders to begin building a solid foundation for high engagement.
- Engage the intellect by sharing information, helping employees focus on what’s most important and creating multi-directional feedback loops to keep conversations flowing and maintain focus.
- Embrace your emotional side by listening with an open heart to understand what’s really important for your employees and to address their concerns.
- Champion a positive environment where employees can give their best effort, individually and collectively to achieve exceptional performance.
- Maintaining a high level of collective team spirit by allowing energy to flow freely and engaging employees in problem-solving and decision-making. Remove the obstacles that get in the way.
When employees feel their efforts are valued, recognized and appreciated and when leaders connect with their employees on an emotional level, magic happens and performance soars. In a series of upcoming blogs, I will offer easy to implement suggestions to increase engagement in your teams without the need for complex and high maintenance programs. Engagement is a contact sport that happens in the trenches, every day. When leaders and employees engage fully in their work, they perform like a winning team and move the dial of achievement from good to great.
Dianne Gaudet is a Certified Executive coach and business consultant who helps leaders and organizations achieve peak performance, engage fully and successfully manage continual transitions. She is also the author of an upcoming book: If There Are No Limits… A guide to living with passion, purpose, possibility.