Do You Need to Get Executive Buy-In for Employee Engagement?
Are you looking to boost employee engagement at your company? After more than two decades of assessing organizational culture to improve corporate working environments so employees are fully engaged, we know one thing for sure — unless you get full executive buy-in for employee engagement, success is doubtful.
The Three Big Steps to Get Executive Buy-In for Employee Engagement
The very first step to take is to define the problem in a way that will make executives sit up and take notice. Only when the problem of lagging employee engagement is articulated in a way that leaders care about will they spend the time and energy required to help craft a meaningful solution. And only when executives are fully engaged in the process will you achieve your goal. First the problem — then the solution.
1. Define the Problem with Hard and Relevant Data
Executives need to understand that low employee engagement is not just a “soft” problem. The costs of disengaged employees and unwanted attrition are well understood. According to four recent studies, the impact of lower employee engagement scores is pretty startling:
While higher employee engagement scores correlate to:
Be crystal clear about the problem you are trying to solve and the value of solving it compared to other strategic priorities. Use hard data from employee engagement research and incorporate attrition data, exit interview data and employee feedback to make your case.
2. Agree Upon Answers to the Following Questions Before You Start
3. Present Your Plan
Schedule a presentation to executive leadership. Be well prepared with data and rationale that show how you came to your final recommendation. Be prepared with succinct answers to the questions they are likely to ask. Use only a few slides to present how your approach fits into the overall business and people strategies. Then get explicit agreement on next steps and resource allocation.
The Bottom Line
Once you have executive buy-in for employee engagement, the fun begins. Make sure you and your leadership team are set up to succeed before you start with hard data and a plan for success.
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