Category Archives: Employee Engagement
Want to Increase Employee Engagement? Open the Lines of Communication

I can’t quantify this as a percentage, but I can say based on anecdotes taken from peers across multiple industries and functional spaces that most organizations have a huge problem with communication. Discussions that need to be had aren’t had at the very highest levels, and the problem becomes more1. Some groups are better at addressing this than others. Generation Y is notoriously collaborative, and as they start to occupy leadership positions many of the communication issues I’m talking about here will start to fade away. pronounced the further one progresses down an org chart. 1

Managers aren’t transparent with their direct reports around why or how decisions are made, pay and performance criteria are often arbitrary, shrouded in secrecy, or both, and major decisions made by senior leaders are seldom first filtered through lower levels of the organization for feedback (or to generate buy-in).

Some groups are better at addressing this than others. Generation Y is notoriously collaborative, and as they start to occupy leadership positions many of the communication issues I’m talking about here will start to fade away.

Corporations today have a communication problem, and it fosters distrust among employees. They often either don’t believe what their leaders tell them, or else don’t expect their leaders to tell them anything of value at all. So they withdraw.

I don’t have an easy answer around how to take on this issue, but I believe companies that start to rise to the challenge now are going to have a built in cultural advantage in the coming years as the economy picks up and employers start having to compete for talent again. Companies whose employees buy-in to organizational initiatives, trust management, and feel they have insight and input into the direction of the enterprise are going to be able to attract a much higher caliber of candidate than competitors who fail on these counts.

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You Can Only Have a Truly Satisfying Career By Marrying Both Extrinsic and Intrinsic Reward

This afternoon I had the opportunity to listen to two very senior leaders in my organization give their takes on pay (and its ability to motivate).

The first leader described pay (in the absence of intrinsically rewarding work) as something that at best could make a very dissatisfied employee less dissatisfied. He fundamentally viewed pay as one component of work satisfaction (he then went on to talk about sense of purpose and all of the other intrinsic reward based things that matter beyond monetary compensation).

The second leader said that she’d never done any job just for the money in her life.

I appreciate that this all exists on a continuum. Most people care about money early in their careers and then they get enough money and start to care about2. I for one spend an unhealthy amount of time thinking about money. I suppose this is an opportunity for growth, but I enjoy the sense or restlessness around remuneration to an extent, I think.other things.

I think there always needs to be a balance, and I was intrigued by what appeared to be a very healthy understanding of this need by some very senior leaders within my organization.

1. Really short post today because it’s close to midnight and I’m mentally exhausted. 1 This afternoon I had the opportunity to listen to two very senior leaders in my organization

2. I for one spend an unhealthy amount of time thinking about money. I suppose this is an opportunity for growth, but I enjoy the sense or restlessness around remuneration to an extent, I think.other things.

 

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The Surprising Truth Behind What Motivates Us (Video)

As you enjoy time with your families this Easter Sunday, I’d like to share this 1. I will never totally relate with the phenomenon discussed in this video. With that said, there are some really interesting lessons here about how to manage a structure. You don’t really need to pay employees a lot of money, but you do need to show that you appreciate the work they do. great video on what motivates people.

Please share your thoughts below.

Happy Easter.

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