Employee engagement in a tight labor market

This is the third installment of our Tight Labor Market series, where we’re going to tackle employee engagement and making sure your employees are happy and therefore productive. This is always important, but especially when there are slim pickins’ out there in terms of labor. It’s time to do something with what you already have!  (You might want to check out previous posts in the series on recruiting and employee retention.)

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Think about the best team you were ever part of – it could be a sports team, a committee at church, or a project team at work. It was likely a situation where you were fully engaged – “all in,” if you will. What do you remember about that team? Who was on it? What made it special? Stop right now and write down some of what you are thinking about that team.

Got it? No, I’m serious. Write it down. What was special about that team? Why did you feel so engaged? How did that group of people get the most/best out of every member of the team?

I’ve asked lots of groups to do this exercise and I always get similar descriptions from people.

  • “We were all committed, driving toward a common goal.”
  • “We all trusted each other; no one doubted the ability of the other team members.”
  • “There was a clear goal, well established rules, and a scoreboard where we could track our progress.”
  • “The deadline was real, we knew we had to work intensely in order to make the deadline.”
  • “There were no slackers on our team, everyone performed.”

I believe without a doubt that there is 10% – 25% more productivity that you can get from the team you have now. Unless your answer to this question was “My current team” there is room for improvement without hiring one additional person – the question is how to get it!

  • Can you make your goals more clear? Can you make progress easy to measure and display it on a scoreboard?
  • Do you believe in every one of your team members? If not, what can you do to increase the trust levels?
  • Are you asking for high performance from everyone on the team? Do you tolerate slackers, or hold them to a higher standard?

Each one of us carries a blueprint of an engaged, productive team in our memories. What do you need to do in order to make that happen in your current team?

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Comments

  1. Thanks a lot for this informative post! I totally agree that it is important for the employees as well as employer to build up a good rapport with each other. A trust should exists between the employer and employee. A company can become successful only if their exist a sense of unity, mutual understanding and cooperation with each other.
    Thanks a lot for sharing this inspiring post!

  2. Thanks a lot for this informative post! I totally agree that it is important for the employees as well as employer to build up a good rapport with each other. A trust should exists between the employer and employee. A company can become successful only if their exist a sense of unity, mutual understanding and cooperation with each other.
    Thanks a lot for sharing this inspiring post!

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