Making Employee Engagement Sticky

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This article from the Gallup Business Journal discusses three strategies for making Employee Engagement stick. It’s a pretty ‘mom & apple pie’ read – hard to argue with. But I love one sentence in it in particular:

“Engagement is built one team at a time, one person at a time. And each person has different needs and expectations.” Nutshell!

Their 3 strategies were:

  1. Define the engagement goal in real-world terms.
  2. Talk with team members one on one about engagement
  3. Empower team members to lead team engagement sessions

So, with their 3 strategies being quite high level, which is fair enough and understandable, it makes me wonder what specific actions we can actually take to make those aspirational outcomes become reality. No one article is going to provide the magic formula or secret recipe. It depends!

It depends on the circumstances, the goals, the individual, the team, the external happenings to which individuals and teams need to react and even once you work out what all those things are, then they’ll change over time. A constant state of alertness and observation of your people and yourself is the first strategy in any programme of strategies to make Employee Engagement initially happen and subsequently ‘stick.’

Lots of programmes and buzzwords generate excitement at the start. (Many don’t. Eek.) But enthusiasm only has so much inherent momentum. That’s where stickiness comes in. How can we make it happen even when we’re not around? To either paraphrase Tom Peters or quote him exactly, “The true test of your leadership is what happens when you’re not around.”

About Terry Williams - The Brain-Based Boss

I'm all about engaging people and helping you engage yours to influence behaviour to improve results - at work and at home. Maybe you're a manager, a salesperson, a leader, a parent, a presenter or an event organiser? You need to grab your people's attention, create some rapport, be memorable and influence behaviour change. How can we do that? I'm originally a trainer by trade, turned manager, turned comedian and partway back again. Author of 'THE GUIDE: How to kiss, get a job & other stuff you need to know', I write and speak about how to engage people, be they employees, family or yourself. How can we connect with people’s own internal motivations and help them use their own inner passions to drive towards productivity, success and happiness? And hopefully have a few laughs along the way... As a trainer facilitating learning and development in others, I find myself drawing on my own extensive business experience. I specialise in the delivery of high impact, customised training solutions for organisations that are serious about improving the performance and lives of their people.

Posted on January 21, 2013, in Employee Engagement and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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