Above and beyond? Really?

OH COME ON now experts in Employee engagement!

When I listen to some thought-leaders and how they view employee engagement, they say three things:

1. EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT IS NOT ABOUT HAPPINESS, but rather about determination, grit and perseverance.
2. ENGAGED EMPLOYEES SHOULD GO ABOVE AND BEYOND their pay check.
3. Managers should make sure that their people adhere to point 1 and 2.

For me, number 3 is NONSENSE.

How can you expect your people to go above and beyond, or work late hours, even if you don’t want to pay them to do it? (They have a life you know. with friends and family outside the office). How about when they live in fear that you will sack them?

Realize that you should be happy if they show up, cooperate with their colleagues, being nice, and get things done. You don’t own them. You rent their know-how and behavior. That’s it. Do you want more, then…

… MEET, GREET AND TREAT YOUR PEOPLE WELL!

If you want to increase the engagement, then BE KIND to your people. Create a safe environment, let them make mistakes and suggest improvements without fearing the wrath of a small-minded, arrogant manager.

Thanks for reading my mind

^_^

//Antoni

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