I was looking through some notes I made a couple months ago about employee engagement and how I interpret it. In many organizations, employee engagement is looked at as the relationship between the employee and the company. In actuality, it goes far beyond this and is the relationships that an individual employee builds with colleagues and clients that truly indicate how likely the employee is to stay with the organization.
Engagement is not something the company can “do” to the employee, it is a set of behaviors an employee must embrace in order to make the connections that will be lasting.
As I look at the list this morning, I notice it is a summary of ways we can be a better team member, a way to make a department better and even a way to address problems when you are not properly aligned with the expectations of a leader.
Ways to foster your own engagement
- Volunteer to do more
- Be more active (in the group, the topic, etc.)
- Look for ways to improve, then implement them
- Take ownership for what goes well and where you need to improve
- Get “fired up” and use your passion
- Be loyal
- Build trusting relationships
The take away for me, and maybe for you, is that many of the things we can do to foster our own engagement in a workplace or some other activity we pursue are the very things that will help us build relationships and work better with people.
What do you think? What would you add to the list?
Thanks for the post. I also believe that we need to put more emphasis on owning your own engagement. Some adds or builds for your list:
– Resist being passive. Participate. Seek to be active in all that impacts your work life.
– Show that you CARE… about projects, about people.
– To build trusting relationships, recognize others for what they do that helps you and the company accomplish goals.
– Recognize good leadership in others.
– Find your passion (whatever it might be) and share it with those you work with.