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Employee Engagement Requires More than Just Throwing Around a Buzz Term

During tough economic times, you’ll hear rumblings about “employee engagement” from various levels of an organization. Employee engagement is the hot buzz word that just won’t go away, primarily because it does have an impact on how well (or poor) a company comes out of a downturn.

However, while everyone is buzzin’ about employee engagement, how many of you actually know what drives, creates, and sustains it?? If you can name at least 3 *without peeking*, you get an A for the day.

Get a little deeper on what drives employee engagement:

  • Trust and integrity – how well managers communicate and ‘walk the talk’.

  • Nature of the job –Is it mentally stimulating day-to-day?

  • Strategic Direction between employee performance and company performance – Does the employee understand how their work contributes to the company’s performance?

  • Growth opportunities –Are there future opportunities for growth?

  • Pride about the company – How much self-esteem does the employee feel by being associated with their company?

  • Coworkers/team members – significantly influence one’s level of engagement

  • Employee development opportunities – Is the company making an effort to develop the employee’s skills?

  • Relationship with one’s manager – Does the employee value his or her relationship with his or her manager?
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