However, getting people on board isn’t always easy, especially if your team members are disengaged from the company vision and business goals.
A 2018 Gallup survey in the US underlined how low levels of employee engagement might disempower team productivity. The poll discovered:
It is too early to know if the huge recent increase in numbers of people working from home will see engagement levels rise or fall. It may be prudent to remember, however, that until recently colleagues employed on an ‘out-of-office’ arrangement were often described as working ‘remotely’. A fully engaged and productive team is unlikely to feel this sense of ‘distance’ or ‘remoteness’.
The connection between engagement and productivity is well known. Of course, many factors influence employee engagement and some – salary and benefits, for example – may be out of a team manager’s jurisdiction. However, Gallup research suggests that improving engagement levels is often about concrete behaviours, rather than abstract or holistic ideas around corporate culture.
Clarifying expectations, setting achievable objectives, providing the right tools and support, and promoting positive and productive co-worker relationships, should be a priority for any team manager at a time of major change in the workplace.
Whatever you are trying to achieve, throughout all communications, consider the following:
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