Employee Engagement in 10 Steps
Bring your team on board
A compelling vision, a plan for transformational change, an innovative solution to a nagging problem–ideas like these may never make it past the drawing board without the full support of a motivated team. Fortunately, there are proven ways to generate enthusiasm and engagement among your staff, summarised here in 10 steps.
Employee engagement is essential
10 steps to engagement
- Start with a clear vision: Before attempting to rally the rank and file, leaders need to be specific about where they are going and why. What does the “after” picture look like? What is the larger context, in terms of the competition, the market, future trends? The ultimate goal must be crystal clear.
- Make a case for change: Communicate the reasons behind the new measures and modifications. Educate people about the status quo, why change is necessary and what the future looks like.
- Highlight the benefits: Point out how individuals will benefit once your vision has become reality. How will working conditions improve? Let people know what’s in it for them.
- Establish a timetable: Without a defined endpoint, when will you know it’s time to declare victory? Including intermediate checkpoints will keep everyone focused along the way.
- Stock your toolbox: Reflect on how you’ll implement your plan. How will you get from here to there, and what will you need? Training? New processes? Structural change? Make sure you have access to the resources you need.
- Measure progress: Choose an appropriate method, an objective way to quantify achievement and share the results regularly. Reinforcement and reminders keep the goal present for everyone.
- Provide feedback: Let your team know what they’re doing well and where there’s room for improvement. Encourage feedback to flow both ways so that everyone’s voice is heard.
- Reflect on resources: Confirm that staff have the support they need and don’t be afraid to redistribute or rethink allocations.
- Monitor and adjust: To keep your project on track you’ll need to check progress continually and make the necessary adjustments. You’ll gain more respect for making changes as the need arises than for stubbornly adhering to a plan that ignores altered circumstances.
- Celebrate! And not only when you’ve reached your final goal. Acknowledging successes along the way helps sustain energy and enthusiasm.