A Thought on Employee Engagement

Employee engagement has been seen as a ‘buzzword’ for some time but also been touted as something that every organization should focus on. It appears that there is some progress toward engaging employees (see the “Further Reading” below) but of course, many organization’s just don’t “get it”.

Instead of talking about how to engage employees (like I’ve done here and here), I wanted to take a second to address one simple little topic that any organization and/or person can implement that will help with employee engagement…or more importantly, help not to disengage employees.

What is the tiny & simple thing that you can avoid doing?

Don’t make your employees feel like under-appreciated (or worse unappreciated) drones.

Example

You bust your hump working overtime to bring a project in on time. You put in 50 to 60 hours and your team does the same. Each team member has demonstrated their abilities to get the job done many times over and morale is quite high.

After the project is complete and you’ve got some down-time, you have an opportunity to attend a seminar. The seminar is free and is directly related to your job and is being held at a local restaurant over lunch. You sign up for the seminar (hey…its free food an an interesting topic right?) and tell your boss that you plan on attending the seminar and then going home and plan to work from there the rest of the afternoon. Your bosses’ response:

Sure…go ahead..sounds interesting. But…I’m not sure I’m comfortable with you working from home…you’ll need to take a half-day off to do this.

Talk about pulling the wind of your sails….perfect way to disengage an employee.

Remember…if you want to get your employees more engaged, make sure they know they are appreciated. Pay attention to the small things…take an afternoon and go bowling with the team. Buy them a pizza occasionally. It’s usually these small things that will benefit you the most….and hurt the most if you don’t attend to them.

Further Reading:

  • http://angelamaiers.com Angela Maiers

    Eric-
    Great thoughts on employee engagement. These are tried and true concepts that cut across both business and education. You hit it dead on when you said, it is the little things that matter most; for students and adults. Great points!

  • Eric D. Brown

    Angela – Thanks for the comment. You’ve got a great blog…I’ve just subscribed…excellent stuff there!

  • http://www.skloverworkingwisdom.com Al Sklover

    Eric,
    Yes, yes, yes. Appreciation is a very strong motivator, a stress-reducer in times of anxiety, and a valuable reward in itself. It’s a well-known “secret” every good negotiator uses. Unfortunately, it is little- used in employment. Engagement requires a sense of worth to others, and nothing affirms that like expressions and demonstrations of appreciation. I’ve written a Newsletter article entitled “The Surprising Power of Appreciation – A Negotiator’s Secret” on my blog, SkloverWorkingWisdom.com. Please take a look. And, really, great work.
    Best, Al Sklover

  • http://ericbrown.com Eric D. Brown

    Hi Al – Thanks for the comment.

    Thanks for the link to your blog…you’ve got some great stuff over there.

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  • http://www.jobsindubai.com/ UAE Jobs

    its true you must praise your employees everytime they did a great job, show them that they work has been appreciated.

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