Unlocking Employee Engagement with Managers

By Sidra Ali  |  

3.4 min read

Why Your Manager Hold the Key

Employee engagement has become a buzzword in today’s corporate world, and for good reason. Seven out of ten executives acknowledge that employee engagement is vital for their company’s success. Engaged employees are not only motivated to work harder and produce better results, but they are also more loyal and committed to the organization’s goals. In contrast, disengaged employees can lead to lower productivity, higher turnover rates, and a negative impact on the overall company culture.

Based on Gallup’s report, there was a significant decline in employee engagement in 2022. The cause of disengaged workers is a lack of recognition and inadequate communication from the management team. The crucial question is which tactics can a business use to reverse this trend in 2023?

What Does Employee Engagement Look Like? 

Employee engagement can manifest in various ways, such as employees feeling motivated and enthusiastic about their work, being committed to the organization’s goals and values, showing a willingness to go above and beyond their job responsibilities, and having a sense of fulfillment and purpose in their roles, resulting in positive outcomes for the organization.

By having effective leadership in place, it is possible to cultivate a workforce that embodies these desirable traits. Discover strategies for managers to lead with intentionality and foster employee engagement:

1. Hire for Culture Fit

cultural fit means that an employee’s beliefs and behaviour are in line with their company’s values and culture. Enhancing employee engagement cannot be achieved through a simple solution; however, recruiting personnel whose values align with the company’s objectives is recommended.

Employees are prone to experience a sense of affiliation and enthusiasm towards an organization that reflects their principles.

2. Learn how to Communicate with Employees 

Managers are the crucial link between employees and the business. The management strategies that are used to lead employees can determine whether an employee feels engaged at work. They set the tone by establishing clear objectives for their teams and ensuring that people understand their roles. The Predictive Index® as delivered by founding partner Predictive Success offers the PI Management Strategy Guide. This report allows supervisors to manage employees based on their behavioural needs.

The Management Strategy Guide by PI provides managers with personalized insights on how to manage others based on how they want to be managed. This helps them avoid the common pitfall of thinking that treating everyone the way they want to be treated automatically makes them a great manager. With the guide, there is no guesswork involved.

3. Employee Recognition

Having clear objectives may not be sufficient to satisfy people’s needs. Nowadays, employees also seek assurance that they are valued and that their work has an impact. Therefore, having a caring and empathetic manager has become a top priority for many employees. By taking the time to know employees as individuals, acknowledging their accomplishments, and conducting formal reviews, the most effective managers demonstrate respect and care toward their team members. These supportive behaviours help in creating a work environment where employees feel supported.

4. Assisting in Professional Development 

The lack of career development opportunities is the reason many employees leave their organizations. Therefore, managers need to identify the growth opportunities of each employee to facilitate their optimal development. This can be achieved through mentoring or even challenging work assignments.

Closing Thought 

Managers play a crucial role in setting the tone for the work environment and establishing clear objectives for their teams. By demonstrating respect and empathy towards their employees, managers create a safe space for growth. They can provide career development opportunities that satisfy employees’ needs and help retain them in the organization. Ultimately, by investing in their managers, companies can create a culture of engagement and increase employee retention, leading to long-term success.

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