The Real Winner in Employee Engagement…
Last week, I was working with a new client on creating a new employee engagement strategy. Like many CEO’s she understands that the only way to take her business to the next level is to attract, hire and retain great employees.
Working with an employee lead task force, we put together what we knew was a solid employee engagement strategy. We had covered all the bases: we got employee input and feedback, we fully integrated their thoughts and ideas, and we ensured that leadership created clarity and definition around the company’s vision, mission, and values. We were ready to go.
We called a meeting with all 900 of the companies team in attendance to roll out the new plan. Just before John, the head of our employee lead task force, stepped to the podium to share the strategy he overheard a negative comment from one of his fellow employees. A woman, who we will call Cheryl, had been with the company almost fifteen years, and she was obviously irritate that she had to come to this meeting. She asked John,“why do they always make us come to stuff like this, and why are they always trying to roll out programs that force us to do more?”
While John was upset, I laughed, clearly this woman had no idea the personal benefit of a strong employee engagement strategy. Let me be the first to share with you that employee engagement is not something that is done to you, it is something that is done for you. Don’t let this get back to your boss, but the real winner in employee engagement is you, the employee.
Oh sure, companies and customers benefit too; when you choose to engage, your company is going to see a stronger bottom line, and customers are going to have a far better experience. However, that pales in comparison to what you gain as an employee. What you get when you choose to engage in the workplace is control of your career and your future. Pretty strong return on investment for a program that is being offered to you free of charge, right?
In today’s economy, I see so many employees stressed out, worried that they could lose their job, struggling to find work, or worried that their company may ask them to do even more with less. In other words, they act like sitting ducks waiting for their boss to call the shots. When you choose to engage as an employee, you put yourself in the driver’s seat and you are determining your future. Companies today need great employees as much as they need great customers, and when you choose to do what it takes to give your job and your company your all, you become the employee that companies strive to hire and strive to keep.
3 Simple Strategies To Become The Employee Companies Strive To Keep
- Attitude – is arguably one of the most important attributes in success, and one employers are putting increasingly more importance and value on. The great thing about attitude is that it is a choice, one-hundred percent up to you.
- Personal Leadership – in a perfect world you would have a great leader, someone who invested the time to ensure you were on a path to success. Well guess what the world and your leaders are not perfect, so stop waiting for someone else to lead you and start leading yourself. Ask your supervisor what she most needs from you, determine what skills you need to excel and then get them, and lastly, it is your career so create your plan and ask your leader to help you get there.
- Connection – build your network and you will control your life and your career. The more people you know, the more people you have in your corner, the more people you have enlisted to help you succeed. Understanding how to network and having the skills to do it, puts you in a position to gain the return on investment from it. No matter whether you love your job, need to find one, or are not sure of what you want to be doing in ten years, networking is your insurance policy, your way of knowing you can make a call, open a door and call the shots in your own career.
So next time your company rolls out their new employee engagement strategy, understand you have just been given a gift, the perfect platform to put you in the driver’s seat. The true beneficiary of employee engagement programs is you, the employee!