Employee Engagement: Monday Morning Percolator #23
Do you hear what I hear?
Who are you listening to in relationship to employee engagement? You can listen to the work of management consultants or university professors but I encourage you to go to the source. Listen to the people in your family and workplace.
Here are 4 snippets I heard this week from family and friends in regards to employee engagement. I did not ask for any of these statements they simply came up in our conversations.
From my 15 year old son who washes dishes for a restaurant in Winnipeg
I really like working with that guy. We have fun, we don’t take it too seriously but we get the job done.
From a health care manager talking about a management colleague
She knows so much but she is letting the management of her staff get to her and treating them in a way that is creating more conflict rather than increased engagement. I worked in that unit and I had to make some unpopular decision but I kept informing the staff, letting them know the rationale, telling them how tough this was, and at the end they were even thanking me even though I had to ask so much extra from them.
From a real estate manager
I have a new direct report. He is good but I have to keep watching how I treat him. It took me a year to find him and I don’t want to have to look for someone else.
From my fifteen year old daughter at the end of 3 weeks of volunteer work with autistic children
I have learned so much from those children. They are so interesting and do such neat things. It is funny and a challenge but I love working with them.
- If you really want to learn about grass roots employee engagement listen to the people in your family, social circles, and workplace every day. How engaged are they? What factors influence their engagement?
- Listen to their perspective and determine how you can apply the learning to yourself or with other people at work.