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Employee engagement: What does it take?

Forging employee engagement is essential. You don’t want to be too far away from your employees. This could cause them to stop trusting you. It could also lead them to believe you just don’t care. 

What does it take to engage your employees?

It’s up to your managers to engage employees, and a failure to do so results in missed ideas as well as a lack of morale.

Engaging employees really begins with a manager taking an interest in his or her employees. If your managers don’t like their people, it will be hard for workers to talk to them on a regular basis, and they’ll come across as a manager who cannot lead. That will eventually cost them their jobs.

Here are some best practices in employee engagement worth passing along to your managers:

Engage in meaningful conversations

Employee engagement is more than just scheduling a staff meeting for Monday mornings. Instead, you have to take time out of your day to have meaningful conversations with your employees. Talk about the great game you watched last night. Conversations about movies or other popular culture icons work as well. Politics isn’t necessarily a taboo subject either. However, you have to be respectful of all views when talking politics in the workplace.

The interaction has to be real

The interaction with your employees cannot seem forced or fake. If you can’t seem like you genuinely like your workers, you might as well just not talk to them. Don’t worry if you are naturally shy or quiet. You can show genuine engagement just by making a meaningful observation about the great work your people are doing. A smile and a handshake are usually good enough to show you care. Saying thank you goes a long way as well. Presenting an employee with an award for a job well done will keep them smiling for the whole day.

Get on their level

Managers who work with younger people shouldn’t be afraid to communicate with them on their level. This means opening a Twitter account or getting on Facebook to talk to employees. Showing employees you are just another member of the group who is willing to interact on a personal level is a great thing. If you can show that there is a human side to you outside of work, your employees will respect and appreciate you more while at work.

Treat everyone the same

You never want to play favorites. If an employee is doing a poor job, you should mention it in a private setting. Never embarrass an employee in front of other workers. Never praise an employee who doesn’t deserve it. Above all else, do not compliment a worker on their looks. Even an innocent comment can backfire on you. This is because you are the boss and it could seem like a conflict of interest.

An employee who is engaged at work is going to be a better employee. Employees who feel as if their manager cares about their thoughts and opinions will share those thoughts and opinions on a more regular basis. When the contributions of an employee are noticed and recognized, that employee is going to work harder to contribute more for you. That helps the whole company grow and prosper.

About the author: Will Vicary writes on behalf of a number of businesses on topics such as employee engagement and engagement surveys.

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