Don’t Keep Your Employee Engagement Leaders Anonymous

Cheap Ways to Engage and Retain Your Top Talent

Most employee engagement training experts will tell you that real employee engagement starts at the top and cascades throughout the organization. They will also tell you that the more visible employee engagement leaders are – the more they positively influence productivity and improve the retention of top talent.

We agree.  Employee engagement leaders are a critical component to high employee engagement survey participation rates and following through on the results.  If you want to set your employee engagement leaders up to succeed, make sure you:

  • Identify Engagement Anchors and Drivers: The first step is to use a proven employee engagement survey to measure engagement across the company so you can identify the key engagement anchors and drivers to set an initial baseline against which to compare progress, identify engagement strengths and weaknesses and build a solid plan of action to increase employee engagement scores where it matters most.
  • Find Engagement Leaders: Once the key engagement levers for your unique corporate culture are identified, engagement leaders must be identified to set the example. The ideal employee engagement leaders are the formal and informal influencers in your organization. They are trusted, get things done and are willing to consistently model the most important behaviors that correlate to employee engagement and your workplace culture.
  • Provide Engagement Tools, Skills and Support provide managers with the necessary employee engagement tools, skills and resources to model, encourage and promote engagement on their teams. The goal is to make the critical engagement behaviors a foundation of leadership and management across your company.

As managers observe team members who excel at engagement, they should be recognized in whatever form is valued…from bonuses to promotions, from public praise to private notes. By the same token, if there are team members who do not display the desired behaviors, there should be some negative consequences. To promote engagement, reward those who are engaged and find ways to bring the others aboard or to let them move on in a way that makes sense for your performance culture.

To learn more about improving employee engagement, download the Top 10 Most Powerful Ways Leaders Boost Employee Engagement

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