6 Things Wise Leaders Do to Engage Their Employees

Joe Weinlick
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Employee retention has become a top priority for corporations leaning toward developing the full potential of their new hires and existing workforce. Strategies to engage employees include leveraging their strengths and encouraging input to improve productivity and boost revenue. Your company's success depends on the motivation, passion and overall happiness of each employee. Wise leaders recognize the importance of engagement on a daily basis.

Tension in the workplace can derail productivity and significantly decrease employee morale. Engage employees by creating opportunities in an environment that discourages tension and a culture of fear. Employees who are encouraged to be themselves, to take risks and to partake in innovative techniques on the job are typically more invested in the company's mission and goals.

Leaders who employ tactics that are overly critical may be damaging employee retention, according to Glenn Llopis, contributor at Forbes. Instead, to engage employees, recognize what they are doing right, and guide them toward goals that get them excited. Focus on positive capabilities, and give employees the flexibility to explore how they can impact the success of the business.

Experiment with new roles to empower your employees. A position of influence displays leadership skills and stimulates motivation. Engage employees by showing them that they are trusted and valued when making independent decisions. When a leader has confidence in an employee, the employee develops a sense of responsibility to perform at a top level.

Encourage supportive relationships in the workplace to engage employees. Share company successes with employees to make them feel important and part of the company's accomplished history. Leaders who are transparent and display confidence while also revealing vulnerabilities show employees that it is acceptable to have weaknesses as long as you are working toward transitioning weaknesses into strengths. A genuine call for assistance and collaboration leads to engagement and a morale need for employees to pitch in and help when needed.

Transparency also involves providing support for each and every employee. When leaders play mind games or do not back up employee decisions and actions, trust is often lost in the workplace, and as a result, employees disengage from management and the company's overall mission. Provide consistency in the workplace, and show that you have each employee's best interest at heart.

Avoid underestimating the power of communication as it relates to engagement in the workplace. Employees are engaged when they feel their leader is a good listener and that their suggestions and input are valued. Remind employees that you are available, and promote an open-door policy to increase engagement on the job.

Employees who feel valued, appreciated and understood are more likely to embrace the goals of the company. Leaders who can engage employees with consistency, flexibility and transparency create a company culture that embraces a team mentality.


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  • Nancy Anderson
    Nancy Anderson

    @Raymond no argument here! Totally agree.


    Every work environment should have synergy so they can be successful and productive.

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