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What Drives Employees To Perform? Part 8

Ths post marks the end our 10-part series on engaging employees with a focus on the 10th most important driver, and one of the key secrets, to achieving higher levels of employee engagement and improving retention.


Robert Gray, President of Insightlink Communications says that, according to Insightlink’s Survey of the American Workplace, many employees agree their organizations could do a much better job fulfilling their mission, vision and/or values. According to research only 6 out of 10 employees agree that they are fulfilling their mission, vision and/or values suggesting this is an area of reall opportunity.

Mission and vision statements provide purpose, promote shared values, establish behavioral standards and maintain employee focus on organizational strategy and direction. (Mission and vision often used interchangeably.)

 

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Increasing Employee Engagement Inside and Outside the Workplace

With Helping Hands 

Many businesses have begun to realize they have the ability to transform the lives of billions by simply looking in their own back yard.

Employees who are given the opportunity to perform acts of service in their communities not only feel better about themselves, they develop closer relationships to each other and associate all those good feelings with the place they work, so increased feeling of morale, loyalty and ultimately engagement, not to mention the how they can positively impact their communities as well. Volunteerism is becoming the norm for companies and the core around which many employee engagement initiatives are being created.

Look Ahead

 With a new year approaching, this could be the perfect time to explore ways to introduce a volunteer program at your office. The link between employee volunteer programs and business performance have long been explored and research has confirmed that there are many benefits volunteer programs offer employees, their company and the community. There is scientific proof as shown in 2010 study that employees who volunteer together are more likely to develop a stronger emotional attachment to their company, to each other, identify more strongly with corporate culture and values while enhancing awareness of business goals and strategies. 

 
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Curiosity is an Essential Ingredient for Achieving Employee Engagement

How does curiosity have anything to do with employee engagement?

It begins with fear. Fear stops us in our tracks and blinds us to possibilities. Having the courage to overcome our fears sounds like a plan but what is the actual means to overcoming those fears and how do we actually put that concept into action? Author Warren Berger spent time with Brian Grazer, reputed to be one of the most successful producers in Hollywood to find out what is the source of his inspiration and discovered curiosity is his greatest asset. “Curiosity is what gives energy and insight to everything else I do” writes Grazer in his new book A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life. Grazer explains that his penchant for wondering and questioning has consistently led him to new ideas and fresh opportunities, while also helping him to overcome fears, broaden his thinking, and become a better manager of others.

Manager of Others?
How does curiosity effect how we manage others and how does this have anything to do with employee engagement? Walt Disney claimed curiosity was a key to his company’s success, “Curiosity keeps us moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”


According to Grazer curiosity helps us get comfortable with being uncomfortable and in a work environment it helps to be able to tackle new tasks and overcome the fear of failure.

 

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