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A Diamond Ring Isn’t the Only Way to Be Engaged

“To win in the marketplace, you must first win in the workplace.”
    – Doug Conant, former CEO Campbell’s Soup

In 2013, the State of American Workforce stated that 70% of employees DO NOT LIKE their work and a Gallup survey stated 87% of employees ARE NOT ENGAGED at work.

Recently I had the privilege of working with a leadership team who took time from their busy schedules to reflect on their vision of engagement, where they were, and what needed to be done to close the gap.

Are your direct reports willing to go “above and beyond” to get things done? Are they emotionally committed to each other, your team, and your organization?

What does being “engaged” at work look like?
• Individuals are emotionally committed to each other and the organization’s vision
• Employees innovate, creating valued products and services to meet customers’ needs
• Both small and large wins are acknowledged and celebrated
• Individuals freely accept and provide positive and constructive feedback
• Failing is a part of the process
• Team members take risks and have each others backs
• Employees are having fun

“Benefits” to the business?
• Higher revenues, profits and shareholder returns
• Better performance, retention of high performers, and reduced absenteeism
• More innovative, meaningful products and services
• Happier and engaged employees who like their work

For more information on HOW ORGANIZATIONS like REI, Google, DHL, SAP, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Southwest foster ENGAGE EMPLOYEES read Forbe’s How the Best Places to Work are Nailing Employee Engagement.

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