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The One-Two Punch: Employee Engagement

 Here’s the thing about employee engagement- there are a number of ways to achieve it and there are a number of ways to mess it up.

The truth is, we’ll never experience success without laying the proper foundation of two critical elements.

1. Sharing Our Vision

2. Living By Core Values

Although seemingly obvious and arguably simple to integrate, we still fail to engage our teams on a consistent basis and are obviously failing as a cohort of bosses.

In fact, according to Gallup, “the more disconnected employees feel, the greater their readiness to job hop becomes. While 37% of engaged employees are looking for jobs or watching for opportunities, higher numbers of employees who are not engaged or actively disengaged are doing the same (56% and 73%, respectively).”

What really makes this troubling is that as a leader, you are betting on your team. As a boss, you’re counting on your employees to do their jobs well and care about their work.

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And let me tell you a hard truth, it’s very difficult for a young team member to focus on doing their best, while they’re searching for a new job.

You’re not putting everything into your relationship if you’re looking for someone else to date.

You don’t want to be investing everything into someone who is not committed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make them come around.

To do that, you need to make sure that they’re betting on you! Make them trust that you have their best interests at heart because you’ve articulated and acted in a way that proves you….

SHARE THE SAME GOALS.

And really, if you’re goals aren’t aligned, you might have the wrong person.

But that’s your first punch. We’ll call it your jab 🥊

From day one, and throughout their career you’re setting the stage about what you’re going to be accomplishing together as a team. They need to be able to envision themselves becoming successful with you.

The follow-up punch is this:

Do what you said you were going to do by….

LIVING YOUR VALUES

Nothing violates trust and erodes faith in another person like hypocrisy. And unfortunately, it’s all too easy to fall victim to various types of narcissism that counter our authentic identity.

Lead by example, demonstrate to your young employees that the core values are constantly personified. If you don’t, you will be perceived as disingenuous, and you can expect a lack of trust from your team.

Since we’ve already established that sharing goals that are being envisioned by your employees, is crucial to keeping your team engaged; it is also important that you fight until the bell sounds.

You don’t want to be the "clingy significant other in a bad relationship" with your employees; promising them that you’ll change and things will get better.. when in reality they're not 😉.

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Thanks again,

Wesley Dameron

Generational Development 

 

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