Employee Engagement Ideas for Managers

Employee Engagement Ideas for Managers
Employee Engagement

31 Employee Engagement Ideas for Managers

According to Gallup’s latest Employee Engagement Poll, 87% of the global workforce is disengaged. It’s now more important than ever to inspire, motivate and engage your leadership team. To do that you’ll want to appeal to what matters most to them. What follows is a list of key employee engagement ideas for managers, directors and senior executives alike.

  1. Align your employee’s values with their work or task at hand whenever possible. This is Employee Engagement Rule #1, because it is what motivates them beyond a paycheck.
  2. Ask for their feedback- all the time. Be open to modifying company policies, strategy and especially your leadership style so you can be more effective and empowering as a leader.
  3. Be clear and concise with your communication to them. Don’t ever assume they know what your saying unless there is proof otherwise.
  4. Over-communicate the information they need to work effectively. Ensure that they know exactly what your priorities and needs are right now. The most disengaged employees usually have no idea what they should be doing.
  5. As much as you can involve your direct reports whenever you are making an important decision- especially if their welfare is at stake.
  6. Have your leadership team co-create or help you modify your company’s new vision.
  7. Regarding the tasks they’ve been assigned make sure they:
    1. Are capable of doing them.
    2. Have sufficient time to complete them.
    3. Know why its important they do them.
    4. Get the necessary feedback so they can be successful with each task.
  8. Make sure your staff doesn’t feel too overwhelmed. Keep offering them support even when you think they don’t need it.
  9. Challenge any negativity in their mindset. For example:
    1. If they have a Limiting Belief about their ability to perform a task of role by asking them “How true is that really?” or “Where did you get that belief?”
    2. If they have an opinionated story about a person or situation that is impeding their effectiveness as a leader ask them: “What’s another way to look at that?” or “How would someone who could easily accomplish the task you find challenging see your situation?”
    3. When you hear a direct report making an assumption that limits them, curiously ask them “Just because that happened in the past, why must it happen again now?”
    4. Finally, when you hear an employee tell you: “I’m not cut out for this.” simply remind them that thats their Rogue Inner Critic that wants them to play small and play it safe.
  10. LISTEN to your direct reports as if they are the most important people in the world to you. This is the greatest gift you can give them, and yourself.
  11. When an employee is upset, don’t get defensive or take it personally. This will only escalate the situation. Simply acknowledge and validate their complaint or concern. Repeat back what you’ve heard so they know they’ve been heard. Often a simple acknowledgment that its completely understandable for them to feel that way is all they really want or need.
  12. Become a master at using empowering questions as often as possible. For example:
    1. What’s the worst that can happen?
    2. What do you want to accomplish.
    3. What have you learnt from that?
    4. What makes this important to you?
    5. How has it worked for you?
    6. What can you take away from that experience?
    7. What other options do you see?
    8. What else can you try?
    9. What’s another way of looking at that?
    10. What is your plan going forward?
    11. How can I support you?
  13. In smaller team meetings start by asking each staff member:
    1. What’s a success we can celebrate today?
    2. What else is going really well?
    3. What are some possible challenges you might be facing?
  14. Remind your colleagues how critical they are to the organization’s success.
  15. Publicly recognize and celebrate each employee’s success whenever the opportunity arises.
  16. Get their BUY-IN whenever you can by putting a choice in their hands.
  17. Remind your team members how their work is positively impacting a client or the organization.
  18. Make sure they know how much you and the company values, respects and appreciates them. The greatest leaders put their employees- not their customers- ahead of everyone else.
  19. Look for ways to cut the red tape by giving your employees more power to make frontline decisions. Your trust in them will help decrease your workload, increase their confidence and make your company more efficient.
  20. Don’t micromanage. Helicopter bosses often trigger a person’s insecurities and feeling of incompetence.
  21. Give them the autonomy they need. Consider hoteling opportunities so your employees can have more flexible work schedules.
  22. Without overwhelming them, make sure they are always challenged, and developing personally and professionally. Boredom is disengagement’s best friend.
  23. Give up you’re need to be right, even when you know you are! It takes a big person to swallow their ego.
  24. Raise their self esteem whenever you can. See the gifts and greatness in each of your employees.
  25. Be expressive with your emotions, but manage them. Raise your voice when praising. Lower it when reprimanding.
  26. Encourage your leaders to share their ideas on how to solve problems or make things better.
  27. Put your employees needs before others.
  28. Give them as much credit as possible whenever you can.
  29. Avoid ever using aggression or coercion to get what you want. Black mail and other intimidation tactics might work occasionally, but tyrannical leaders eventually lose the respect, trust and ability to lead those around them.
  30. Maintain a positive, energetic and enthusiastic attitude at all times. Your outlook and level of energy sets the standard to which others will aspire. Keep in mind that your mood sets the tone for your team: you don’t want a bad day completely depleting your employees’ morale.
  31. Find out what’s going on in their lives outside the office. Ask questions that show you’re interested in their families, wellbeing, etc.

Any one of these ideas will boost your employee engagement levels. Three or more and those employee engagement levels will skyrocket.

Ascanio Pignatelli is an employee engagement expert. He is an award winning speaker, seminar leader, coach, and author of the forthcoming book Lead from Need: Raising Employee Engagement from the Core. He is the founder of ApexCEO, an executive coaching and leadership development group that helps executives develop the leadership and communication skills to create more engaging workplaces. To find out how Ascanio can help your next speaking event or executive leadership / employee engagement workshops please call 310.913.2313.


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