I just had an insightful conversation with a man who is preparing to retire who told me,“The workplace is not fun anymore—people are stressed and they are not engaged or interested—they are overworked and undervalued.”This of course was only one man’s opinion,however research suggests that he is not far off the mark.
A recent report by Gallup suggests that, “The best-performing companies know that an employee engagement improvement strategy linked to the achievement of corporate goals will help them win in the marketplace.” http://www.gallup.com/consulting/52/employee-engagement.aspx. However, there are many organizations that are not focusing on employee engagement and are failing to practice the art of valuing their employees.
There are many strategies that organizations can utilize to engage their employees and one of the easiest and most effective ways is to create a positive and motivating work environment. To do this everyone must commit to assisting others in their organization by helping them develop their talents, skills and abilities. One way this can be achieved is by creating an environment where you recognize and acknowledge others and their efforts.
Robin Sharma, the author of The Leader Who Had No Title states that, “Real leadership has so much to do with applauding others when they do things right.” He is a proponent of acknowledgement and encouragement and believes that everyone needs to be appreciated especially in the face of adverse and stressful times.
Acknowledgement seems like a simple strategy, but it is more than giving someone a compliment — it means telling a person you see qualities in them that helped them get a job done well or will help them accomplish something in the future. For example: “I know you have the creativity and determination to succeed at _________________.” or “You were great with the client because of your positive attitude and clear thinking. Thank you.”
Once you acknowledge the person then take a moment for it to sink in and give them time to process and enjoy what you have said. If the person seems uncomfortable accepting your acknowledgement, assist them by stating that you are just communicating what you know to be true. Acknowledging performance is one of the best ways to recognize someone’s talents, skills and abilities. It will motivate, encourage and inspire them and will allow them to feel their greatness.
My colleagues and I provide coaching workshops and consulting services that enhance or develop employee engagement improvement strategies.