Tips on employee engagement for leaders

What advice do you offer the leaders in your organisation when it comes to employee engagement? Are you coaching and advising them? What are the challenges you face?

Regular readers of my blog will know that I write a lot about the relevance and importance of employee engagement.

Today I’m going to share some information with you that has been produced by the Engage for Success @engage4success Special Interest Group on Engaging Leadership.

As a reminder, the definition of employee engagement cited by Engage for Success is: “A workplace approach designed to ensure that employees are committed to their organisation’s goals and values, motivated to contribute to organisational success, and are able at the same time to enhance their own sense of well-being.”

Plus “Creating the conditions in which employees offer more of their capability and potential.” (You can find more other definitions on commonly used phrases and words in my internal communication glossary).

If you haven’t come across Engage for Success before, you can read the background here.

The group was tasked with condensing their knowledge and experience into a few critical points that could be shared with people working on or interested in employee engagement, and specifically, leaders.

e4sA number of issues were highlighted as being the key ones. They were:

  • authenticity
  • inspiration
  • communication
  • integrity
  • humanity
  • coaching and accessibility.

With those headings in mind, information has been produced by the Special Interest Group to “provoke reflection and encourage you to analyse and challenge your own behaviour and the behaviour of colleagues” – you can find it embedded below. It is a series of quotes under each of the headings.

You can also find it via SlideShare.

Contributors included: Nigel Girling (Chair), CEO, National Centre for Strategic Leadership, Bob Hughes of The Forton Group, Dilys Robinson from Institute for Employement Studies, Tony Evans egi:live communication, Doug Crawford of Cerus Consulting, Amy Armstrong from Ashridge Business School, Jonathan Booth of Journey Group, Ian Dodds, CEO of IDC, Steve Jones from Skills for Business, Emma Donaldson-Feilder of Affinity Health at Work, Michael Maynard of Maynard Leigh and Caroline Taylor-Martin of Barclays Employee Engagement Programme.

Want to know more about employee engagement? You can find further information below.

Some of my recommended links:
Engage for Success website
The MacLeod report
Weekly radio show from Engage for Success (employee engagement discussions)
Employee engagement case studies
The employee engagement network – by David Zinger
Engage for Success overview video

Articles I’ve published/written on employee engagement:
– Launching ImpresAperta in Italy
– Employee engagement and social media presentation I gave at CIPR
– How to engage people with disabilities
– How to engage for success
– Milan Social Media Week: Italy gets engaged
– Engaging workplaces for a sustainable future
– The Sunday night blues
Free research: Global Trends in Employee Engagement report, 2013, Aon Hewitt
My Social Summer slides: Employee engagement and social media, 18 July 2013.

Engaging Leadership Hot Tips Collection from Engage for Success

Coming soon to my blog

On Friday 20 September I will be publishing the results from research I undertook with Simply-communicate about how organisations are using internal social media – looking at language use, adoption, challenges and much more.

SMILEThank you to everyone who completed it over the past few weeks. There are some surprising results in there and I will be presenting them in person at Social Media Inside the Large Enterprise (SMILE) on Monday 23 September as part of social media week.

I’m also going to be moderating a table discussion on social media policies and guidance during the event. The hashtag for Monday if you wish to follow via Twitter will be #SMWSmile.

How internal comms pros use social media survey is returning
Following feedback from IC pros, I’m going to be repeating the survey I conducted in October 2012 about how internal comms pros use social media.

Please do look out for it as I’d love you to contribute to the discussion and enable me to see how and if the feedback is different from 12 months ago.

Sequel Group will be producing an infographic of those results and you can read more about it here. The survey will open in October.

Thank you for stopping by,

Post author: Rachel Miller

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