Employee Engagement Ideas

Learn how to engage and motivate your team.

According to Wikipedia Employee Engagement is:

A property of the relationship between an organization and its employees. An “engaged employee” is one who is fully absorbed by and enthusiastic about their work and so takes positive action to further the organization’s reputation and interests.

Engaged employees can form high performing teams and high performing teams lead organizations to outperform their goals in comparison to companies with low employee engagement.

Its not always easy to engage and motivate your team and managers often struggle to do so. Managers attempt to come up with employee engagement ideas but the implementation is the hard part.

Employee engagement Ideas

I have compiled a list engagement ideas, obviously the list is exhaustive. Managers should adopt these ideas if they think it fits their management style:

  1. Communicate your strategy — Poor vision alignment with employee goals can result to slow company growth
  2. Celebrate success — Employees feel more engaged when their achievements are celebrated and recognised from their managers.
  3. Develop high performers — Companies can overcome many difficulties if they have high performing employees. But talent needs the right environment to grow and every manager should focus on employee development.
  4. Mentor your talent — Successful companies use mentoring to tackle employee engagement and productivity issues. Managers should mentor junior employees as it will improve productivity and retention.
  5. Empower employees — Managers should trust their employees and allow them to be part of the decision making.
  6. Lead by example — Managers should not preach what they don’t practice.
  7. Promote teamwork by allowing employees to share their views and ideas in a collaborative environments.
  8. Discover employee strengths and weakness and assign responsibilities accordingly.

Employe Engagement Resources

Three Employee Engagement Books Every Manager Should Read

Employee Engagement 2.0: How to Motivate Your Team for High Performance by Kevin E Kruse.

The book explains in detail what is employee engagement and how engaged teams can drive sales, profits and share price rises. It has examples how to quantify employee engagement and how to identify employee weaknesses. Also, communication at team meeting is also covered and what managers should say to engage employees and allow them to communicate their views. Finally, the book contains a complete 8 week plan engagement plan.

Carrots and Sticks Don’t Work: Build a Culture of Employee Engagement with the Principles of RESPECT by Paul L. Marciano

The book is structured around the RESPECT model:

  1. Recognition and acknowledgment of employees’ contributions
  2. Empowerment via tools, resources, and information that set employees up to succeed
  3. Supportive feedback through ongoing performance coaching and mentoring
  4. Partnering to encourage and foster collaborative working relationships
  5. Expectations that set clear, challenging, and attainable performance goals
  6. Consideration that lets employees know that they are cared about
  7. Trust in your employees’ abilities, skills, and judgment

The author provides low cost solutions and actions plan to enhance employee engagement. All examples are supported by research and practice. His book has help managers and executives to realize the gains of employee engagement in employee productivity and job satisfaction.

Employee Engagement: Tools for Analysis, Practice, and Competitive Advantage by William H. Macey, Benjamin Schneider, Karen M. Barbera, Scott A. Young

The book contains practical examples, employee engagement tools and advice. Every employee engagement idea is being translated to practical steps and guidelines on how to implement and measure. The book explores the meaning of engagement and how to build a culture of engagement.

Employee engagement can lead to this:

Employee engagement at NASA

I hope you will found the above article useful. We would love to here your views on employee engagement. Get in touch!


Originally published at blog.peoplegoal.com on November 29, 2014.

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