A New Way to Think About Employee Engagement

New Way to Think About Employee Engagement with a Goodwill Chairman

A New Way to Think About Employee Engagement
Is there a new way to think about employee engagement?  Yes!  Employee engagement is about far more than what a “goodwill committee chairman” can provide.

The Old Way to Think About Employee Engagement
Employee engagement used to be (and still is for many employee engagement firms) an annual process for identifying what employees disliked about their company and for trying to fix the causes of their dissatisfaction one-by-one.

This approach is also fostered by many survey companies whose business model is about selling and running profitable surveys, not doing the actual work required to improve employee engagement, retention and performance based upon the survey results.

A Better Way to Think About Employee Engagement
To be effective about a new way to think about employee engagement, your employee engagement initiative must:

  • Be strategic and systemic.
  • Focus on the critical few actions you will take from the beginning.
  • Be an integral part of your overall business strategy.

And, rather than a once-yearly, half-hearted approach to addressing issues after-the-fact, it is time to think of how to build the kind of organization that is meaningful, fulfilling, and exciting to be a part of for your top talent.

Engaged Employees Create Higher Levels of Performance
Engaged employees are a cornerstone of high performing organizations and become a key component of their competitive advantage. If employees love what they do and where they do it, they will treat customers and co-workers better, generate new ideas and continuously improve your business.

No matter how good your talent, if you can’t keep them productive and on the job, the entire organization is at risk.

How Do You Keep Your Top Talent “Feeling the Love” and Willing to Make the Extra Effort?

1. Know the Heart and Soul of Your Business.
Define the organization’s mission and clearly articulate its values. Managers and leaders need to help create the organizational culture, buy into the values and live by them each and every day.

2. Find the Right Talent.
With your desired culture intact, you need to find the right talent…employees with the capabilities you need and the attitudes that support and thrive in your culture. Bring them aboard quickly and with a new hire onboarding program that allows them to contribute meaningfully as soon as possible.

3. Stay Vigilant.
Continuously measure, improve and adjust the work environment so they stay committed and become advocates of your company as a great place to work.  There are so many tweaks you can make.  For example,

  • Does your culture require and appreciate structure and clear, transparent measures of performance? Then regular performance appraisals may be warranted.
  • But if your culture is made up of workers who thrive on working independently, maybe it’s time to find another way to measure and manage your people.
  • Or you can ask if the work space supports your desired organizational culture. If structure is valued, separate offices may make sense.
  • But if teamwork and collaboration are what keep your talent happy, open offices and comfortable gathering spots may be preferred.

The Bottom Line
The point is that you need to know what your top talent wants for in their work environment. Be observant, keep in close touch and ask often how things are going. When your high performers feel that you care and are responsive to their needs and wants, they will “feel the love,” be loyal and stay committed.

To learn more about a new way to think about employee engagement, download The Top 10 Most Powerful Ways to Boost Employee Engagement.

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Firmware Engineering Supervisor

On behalf of Roche and my staff I would like to sincerely thank you for your help with this. The English as a Second Language (ESL) assessment and coaching that you provided for our team was a great success.

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I continue to be impressed by the level of leadership development and management expertise and quality of advice and facilitation that LSA has to offer. What a smart and client-centric group of great people who really know how to help leaders attract, engage, develop and retain top talent.

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LSA’s Employee Engagement Consulting and Survey work has provided critical visibility into: how well our people are holding up under the general economic environment, as well as, the specific challenges that face biotechnology companies in their efforts to discover and develop new medicines; their level of alignment and commitment to XOMA’s Vision and mission critical strategies; how leadership practices and management systems support an environment that engender commitment, and the specific actions that our leaders can take to improve on areas that are important to our people. I highly recommend LSA’s employee engagement solutions.

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We partnered with LSA to pilot a customized behavioral interviewing program to help ensure that we continue to hire the best and brightest as we continue to rapidly scale. LSA’s ability to understand our business and our unique culture combined with their desire to ensure that the best practices framework truly fits our performance environment and is highly adopted by our people is a real blessing. Most other firms want to just ‘give you training.’ Not LSA, they are focused on helping me hit our hiring forecasts and attract A players.

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Director of Global Recruiting

AKQA

We consider LSA our true business partner in the areas of Learning and Organizational Development. From Strategic Planning to Presentation Skills and Management Training, they continue to provide excellent value and extremely high quality solutions – not just one time events. I recommend them to anyone looking to drive true business results.

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I am very impressed with the quality of work and talent. LSA did a great job of listening to my needs and providing the exact management training program expertise I needed to get the job done.

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