The Power of Employee Engagement
When we assess organizational culture, we think of employee engagement as the strength of the mental and emotional connection employees feel toward their places of work. This includes most importantly the connection employees feel toward their direct manager. The stronger the positive connection between employees and their boss, co-workers, and the company as a whole, the less likely employees are to leave and the more likely they are to increase their discretionary effort. Be a better boss to increase employee engagement.
In addition to increased retention, employees in healthy corporate cultures who have positive feelings toward their manager are over 40% more productive than their disengaged counterparts.
The Kind of Manager Who Engages Employees
While being a bad boss seems more common than we would all like, being the kind of manager who positively engages employees is not necessarily easy. In fact, one study maintains that only one out of ten managers come by the the traits required to be a good manager naturally. But we know from our people manager assessment center that almost any new manager can become better by strengthening four basic traits. They are the same that nurture every human relationship.
Four Traits for the “Human Side” of Management
To more positively engage your employees, focus on the following simple practices that will enhance your “human side” of management. Work to practice:
The Bottom Line
The best managers are empathetic, appreciative, helpful, and even-tempered. As you work toward this ideal, you will see your employees respond positively and their engagement on the team will increase.
To learn more about how to be a better boss to increase employee engagement, downloadThe Top 10 Most Powerful Ways to Boost Employee Engagement
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