Here are my favorite articles for the week on employee engagement and creating a culture of appreciation. Feel free to share your comments.
Blunt, Effective Feedback, in 3 Stories by Justin Rosenstein
(HuffingtonPost.com) “When giving critical feedback, remind your team member that you believe in their abilities. Once they’ve heard you, remind them of the core purpose you’re all trying to achieve — remember they want excellence as much as you do. Ask them to try again, using their potential for excellence and the company’s mission as a guiding light and inspiration.”
My Thoughts: Look for the good. Here are lots of great ideas – and scripts – to use with your employees when you’re giving feedback that helps them to do a better job.
How to empower employees to learn at their own pace by Eng-Sing Soon
(HumanResourcesOnline.net) “Learning programs can highlight areas of emphasis and improvement, which boosts employee morale. Some companies also adopt this as a strategy to increase employee engagement, such as embedding and integrating games in their learning systems. Adaptive learning programs that emulate games help employees see learning as something that is fun, not tedious.”
My Thoughts: Finding ways to make learning fun has huge payoffs in buy-in and knowledge retention.
Engaged employees are golden in today’s workplace by Kathleen Begley
(DailyLocal.com) “View people holistically. Human beings are not human doings. Employers sympathetic to people who are proving care to their elderly parents or getting treatment for children abusing drugs are far more prone to engage employees over the long term.”
My thoughts: When you work with your employees as they are working through difficult times, they not only remember your kindness, they repay you with a deeper commitment to your workplace.
Lisa Ryan, creator of Grategy® is a gratitude expert, professional speaker and bestselling author. For more information contact (216) 225-8027. For information on Grategy® programs please visit http://www.grategy.com. Follow on Twitter: @Grategy