Stop the clutter of Top 10’s and find the focus of Top 1!
It is that time of year when so many sites are letting you know about their top 10 posts of 2014. In my mind, that is nine posts too many. We need more simplicity and less clutter of content marketing.
So, instead of 10 posts here is a link to my favorite post of 2014: Get with it: Are you ready for Employee Engagement 2015? It take under two minutes to read but can sustain your engagement efforts for all of 2015.
What are you waiting for? Get with it.
David Zinger is an employee engagement speaker and expert striving do get simpler and use less to do more.
Employee Engagement Conference and Master Class Reflections
I recently travelled to Dubai for an employee engagement conference. I offered the opening keynote and provided a five hour master class after the conference. My thanks to Ramy Bayyour from Informa for the invitation and the conference.
There are quite a number of things that stood out for me and over a series of posts I will outline some key lessons.
The employee engagement journey. It was a long trip from Winnipeg Canada to Dubai UAE and return. Fittingly, the first thing that really stood out for me is the employee engagement journey metaphor for organizations and individuals. Masoud Golshani-Shirazi Vice Presiden HR from Aujan Coca-Cola Beverages Company referred to the journey directly during his holistic presentation onf employee engagement. I was impressed by the progress and resilience Aujan has had in its workforce and the idea of engagement being a work journey for employees to join with the organization.
Masoud shared with us the wisdom of his grandmother who declared, “if you want to get to know someone travel with them.” Thank you Masoud, it was good to hear about the journey of engagement and the wisdom of your grandmother.
Here are my 4 points as I thought about the employee engagement journey:
- Understand that different tools and pathways are required at different steps along the journey – surveys are not good nor bad, it is what we do with them that make all the difference.
- The engagement journey does not have a final destination, it evolves as we keep moving forward or even stumble with setbacks.
- Encourage employees to fully participate in planning and embarking on the journey, employees are not just along for the ride.
- Journeys are about movement and ensure your engagement work does not become static.
David Zinger is an employee engagement speaker and expert who keeps journeying around the globe to learn more about engagement and help all of us as we journey together for increased, fuller, and more authentic employee engagement.
7 Ways to Make Use of the 37 Verbs of Employee Engagement
Reading and Viewing Time: 1 minute, 22 seconds.
Below is a visual slide show with 37 verbs for employee engagement.
Here are 7 ways you can use this slideshow:
- Scan the slides for 37 seconds of inspiration to start your day.
- Pass on the slides to a coworker to make their day.
- Download the slides to use in advance of an employee engagement presentation.
- Show the slides to a training group and have them generate their own verbs.
- Create a personalized deck of your own engagement verbs.
- View if on your smartphone or tablet while waiting for a meeting to begin.
- Answer the question: what’s your verb?
David Zinger is an employee engagement speaker and expert who brings engagement alive through behaviors and actions. His 3 word theme for 2014/2015 is the repetition of the verb engage.
A shorter more simple definition of employee engagement
It has taken me about 8 years and 10,000 hours to get to a definition of employee engagement that is both simple and elegant. I am discouraged with emotional and attitudinal surveys as I have become increasingly behavioral in my views of work and engagement. My definition puts engagement in the hands of each employee — I can choose to do this everyday while also being enabled and encouraged by my leaders, managers, and organization.
We are each responsible for our own engagement as we are accountable to each other for the impact we have on making engagement easy or difficult for others.
I define employee engagement in 8 words as:
Good work done well with others every day.
Good work means consistent quality and good is also a pathway to great while great is a by product of good. Good can be good enough. Good is sustainable while also being fused with gumption and grit rather than the hype and hyperbole of the continual and debilitating pursuit of great. Putting work in the definition means the focus of engagement is less about liking an organization or having a good attitude and more about our tasks, project, and specific work. Without work in the definition employee engagement is practically meaningless. Of course, sometimes our work extends beyond task and requires us to work on building robust relationships focused on achieving results.
Done well means we perform well and that good work can make us well.
With others acknowledges our connections and even a solo performer has inputs and interactions with other. We need to stop thinking that we work for someone or an organization, rather we work with someone or with an organization. We are joined and not subservient. We are all “social workers” these days.
Every day refers to enduring and sustainable work. Engagement is not a biannual survey it is something we focus on every day, and we can change engagement for the better any and every day.
So let’s keep it simple and ensure employee engagement is good work done well with others every day.
David Zinger is an employee engagement speaker and global expert who does his best to engage fully with work every day while helping others ensure employee engagement is not so much mumbo jumbo but an enriching experience of the time we spend working.
Join Us August 13 10AM PT
Monday is the 180th birthday of John Venn, the originator of the Venn diagram. As a small tribute to his simple yet powerful diagram structure I have made a venn diagram for an upcoming free webinar/roundtable on employee engagement and mobile management that will be held next week. This is not your typical webinar with a bunch of slides and a sales pitch. This is a one hour dialogue, sponsored by Fuze and hosted on Fuze, to help virtual, remote, and mobile managers foster and enhance employee engagement.
I am so excited to be joined in the dialogue with Wayne Turmel the author of Meet Like You Mean It; Yael Zofi the author of A Manager’s Guide to Virtual Teams, and Claire Ucovich, the head of People and Culture at Fuze.
Our one hour roundtable dialogue will be unscripted and unrehearsed as we look at how mobile managers can be better at fostering employee engagement with out staff.
To read some terrific tips about mobile management visit my latest post at the Fuze site: http://blog.fuze.com/the-engaging-dozen-12-ways-to-improve-remote-employee-engagement/. You will find a link to register for the round table near the bottom of the post or you can click here to register directly. I look forward to you joining with us on August 13th at 10AM PDT.
David Zinger is an employee engagement expert and specialist who has written 3 books on work and engagement while also founding and hosting the 6400 member Employee Engagement Network. Fuze is a knowledge partner with the Employee Engagement Network committed to supporting and enhancing employee engagement for all.