Making Employee Engagement Sticky
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:
- Define the engagement goal in real-world terms.
- Talk with team members one on one about engagement
- 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.”