Ways to Increase Employee Engagement

From WilderWeber Leadership Group, a VT KnowledgeWorks member company:

Inform.    Provide high quality relevant information concerning the business environment and strategy to people at every level.

Involve.    Involve others in big issues.   Coach high potential managers to  lead.  Involve managers in the company’s strategic goals.

Structure.   Create and use teams.   Reduce differences between levels.  Support integration of middle managers to improve  coordination.

Reward.  Recognize success regularly, even small progress steps.

Create New Thinking.  Challenge old assumptions.  Provoke new conversations.  Create dialogue to deepen understanding.

Encourage.   Listen and support.   Understand obstacles.  Establish “can do” expectations. 

Accentuate Positive Potential.    Look for potential.  Emphasize strengths and talents.  Focus on high performers.

Focus on Solutions.     Focus employees on co-creating solutions to business challenges.

Think Long-Term.  Articulate Short-Term.    Articulate short-term and long-term goals and strategies.

Get Personal.   Increase the frequency and quality of times when employees can engage with leadership personally.


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