Employee Engagement? Let Them Know You CARE
It all starts with CARE. Communicate, Appreciate, Respect, Encourage. This is for everyone. Not just CEO’s and management. All employees.
Communicate. Don’t hesitate. Reach out your hand. Introduce yourself. Say Hi. To everyone. Wear nametags. Learn all or as many names of employees as possible. Everyone loves to be addressed by their name. Smile. A simple smile can go a long way at work.
Share the company vision with all employees. People respond better and put forth better effort when they feel “A Part Of” instead of “Apart From”
Most important – listen. You can’t do this enough. Ask questions and Listen. Thoroughly. Try to understand rather than be understood. You will be amazed how much this means to people.
“Perhaps the most important thing we give each other is our attention” Rachel Naomi Remen
Appreciate. All of the employees. Acknowledge them and the job they are doing. Say thank you. A lot. Don’t look for mistakes, look for a job well done. Recognition is key to employee morale. Recognize and reward accomplishments. Publicly.
“Catch them doing something right” Ken Blanchard
Respect. Show respect for your fellow employees. All of them. From the CEO all the way down the ladder. Treat the janitor the same way you would treat the big dogs. Everyone needs and deserves to be respected.
Encourage. Always encourage others. We all need encouragement. Be supportive and lend a hand when you can. Work together. Teamwork is essential to a successful organization.
“Abilities wither under criticism, but blossom under encouragement” Dale Carnegie
Practice gratitude and humility in all you do. This goes a long way. Especially at work.
In other words, Be nice to people. It is contagious. It’s not that hard. Really. When you just show you care about others, amazing things can happen.
One last thing for CEO’s and management. If you want your employees to be more engaged at work, then it’s up to you to engage with them.
When you care about your employees, they will care more about their job and the company they work for. Let them know you care.
“People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care”
Connect with Al
Al is the founder and chief care officer for The CARE Movement. Improving morale at work and home. Speaker, Student, Messenger of CARE: Communicate, Appreciate, Respect, Encourage. Al’s daily goal is to Inspire and Influence Positive Change.
Connect with Al on Twitter: @PASmithJr.
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