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What About Manager Engagement?

What About Manager Engagement?

by Frank Roche on January 26, 2009

in Engagagement

My son, Stephen, is a sophomore in high school and takes a full complement of AP classes. This weekend is the weekend before semester finals. We drove him and a friend over to another student’s house so that they could work in their study group for AP European History. While they were there, his AP Euro teacher called his cell phone to make sure that they were studying and if they had any questions. Their teacher, who they affectionately call “Z,” did that for every student in his classes. Every one. Stephen told me that his group had some questions later — this was on a Saturday — and they called “Z” back to ask. He answered.

All of which made me think about the talking we do in HR about employee engagement. What about manager engagement? What about calling and checking in? What about caring? It’s a start…and employees will be engaged when managers are engaged. We all need more “Z’s” in our lives, and I’m not talking about sleep.

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