When Does Engagement Come After The Honeymoon?

Before you get married

Before we marry someone, there’s generally a process of dating, getting to know someone, even living together. After the wedding, initially, there’s a honeymoon period. Over time, does the shine wear off? Let’s shift away from literal marriages to a metaphorical one – that of employer and employee – this journal article has a lot of data around the gradual loss of lustre and enthusiasm of employees over time. And, unusually, it also has a couple of useful and practical techniques to mitigate that loss. Pair engaged employees with engaged bosses. Makes sense.

I read the findings of an extensive piece of research into employee engagement by one of New Zealand’s largest companies. Cash incentives were the 2nd to bottom most effective driver of employee engagement. The top three were:

  1. What my colleagues do
  2. Regular performance feedback conversations
  3. What my boss does.

The common thread of that top three definitely is the behaviour of frontline leaders so the journal article’s approach seems a sound one. Trouble is – there’s a shortage of engaged bosses. And the solutions to that are similar to the solutions to a troubled non-metaphorical marriage = counselling, separation or training…

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 August 12, 2013, in Employee Engagement, Team Leadership and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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