150 Questions for Employee Engagement

by Frank Roche on January 27, 2011

in Engagagement

To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, “Employee engagement is not a sometime thing, it’s an all time thing. You don’t engage employees once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Engagement is habit. Unfortunately, so is manipulation.”

I thought a lot about employee engagement after I read Shaun’s article on Tutto Persona titled, “Family Life: Caring…It’s Not What I Say, It’s What I Do.” He’s introspective about his interactions with his teenage daughter, and completes an inventory of questions about his interactions with her. It’s brave to ask yourself the hard questions. He did it.

If you’re doing employee engagement, you should too.

150 Ways to Show Kids You Care by Search Institute is something I think everyone in employee engagement should read. And since we’re all in that business if we’re working with people….well, it’s a must read.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Acknowledge them.
Remember their birthday.
Trust them.
Create a tradition with them and keep it.
Daydream with them.
Praise more; criticize less.
Give them your undivided attention.
Marvel at what they can do.
Introduce them to people of excellence.
Keep the promises you make.

That list is worth a long, hard look. I’m afraid too many employee engagement programs are designed to manipulate around a few words. This is about behaviors. And lots of them. If you took the test about people who work for you, where would you come out?

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