If you are a leader here is an important multiple choice question. Your answer may indicate the role you play in your employees’ level of disengagement.
As a manager, my interactions with employees surrounding their performance is the following:
a. who has time to talk with employees about this kind of stuff?
b. we talk about how to improve their weaknesses.
c. we talk about their strengths.
If you answered “c” the chance of your employees being actively disengaged is 1%.
In an interview about the book StrengthsFinder 2.0 for the Gallup Management Journal, Tom Rath discussed the strong link between a leader’s focus and employee engagement. Here were the 3 powerful conclusions from Gallup’s research on conversation, engagement, and strengths:
- If your manager primarily ignores you your chances of being actively disengaged are 40%
- If your manager focuses on your weaknesses your chances of being actively disengaged are 22%
- If you manager focuses on your strengths your chances of being actively disengaged are only 1%
- You have only one task this week. Ensure that you talk with as many people, as much as possible, about thier strengths and performance. Use strengths to muscle out disengagement!
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