Engaging managers can boost overall employee engagement
Engaging managers can significantly boost employee engagement. As internal communication shifts to more communicative and interactive channels, the leadership roles have had significant impact on the overall employee engagement of the company.
“Employees who believe that management is concerned about them as a whole person – not just an employee – are more productive, more satisfied, more fulfilled. Satisfied employees mean satisfied customers, which leads to profitability.” – Anne M. Mulcahy, former CEO of Xerox.
The communication culture has evolved from the broadcasting 80’s. Just like ‘bowl cuts’, the ‘order and obey’ technique has expired, replaced with innovative channels to engage, motivate and collaborate with employees.
Successful businesses have developed leaders who are emotionally intelligent. Leaders who understand what motivates and drives their teams are equipped with implementing and managing company changes. Today, employees respond better to leaders who are communicative and collaborative which increases pressure for managers to maintain consistent and effective engagement.
But what happens if the manager cannot engage?
How can you engage a disengaged manager?
Managers have become the key relationship builders between senior leadership and frontline employees. Without regular training and support, managers can often be left overwhelmed. This may result in them not delegating workloads and responsibilities to other members of their team.
As pressures mount to drive company change, communicate with employees, bridge communication gaps and boost productivity, roles can start to breakdown.
Great leadership training supports managers to engage and communicate, honestly and collaboratively. Consistent trainng also provides the opportunity to lead, manage and respond much more effectively. From redundancy to acquisition, promotion to role additions, a great manager can engage and handle any given situation without bursting at the seams!
By giving them the opportunity to expand their knowledge and encourage regular feedback this will help your managers to communicate with their teams. This will create a positive and identifiable working culture.
And the key?
Trust, listen, enable and teach your manager to effectively lead their teams! Below, are four simple techniques which help make a fantastic manager, creating stronger engagement within the workforce.
Trust your manager to integrate the training they have received and lead their teams.
Listen to their feedback and ideas.
Enable your manager to take action on changes that need implementing. Encourage them to communicate with other managers, rectifying problems collectively.
Teach your manager through continuous support and training which enables the effective delivery of key messages.
Engage your manager by giving them a reason to lead!
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At ClearVoice™, we are experts in delivering employee communications and engagement solutions. We inspire and motivate your workforce to increase your company’s productivity and profits. For more information on how to support and train your managers or provide them the opportunity to lead and manage their teams, call or email us today and let us show you how engagement can boost your organisation.