Is Employee Engagement Just For Leaders?

Are leaders alone responsible for employee engagement?

Strategic internal communication is very important for the success of any organization. Organizations with engaged employees have better results compared to others.

In our previous posts, we have spoken about the importance of employee engagement and creative ideas to get them engaged. Most employees presume that engaging them is the responsibility of their managers or other higher level employees of the organization. But is employee engagement just for leaders?

Employees are not just motivated by money, power and other rewards; instead they are motivated by trust, shared values and purpose. Key to building a high performance culture starts with appreciating others and recognizing them for their contribution towards accomplishing a goal is something that any employee can do, and not just a leader.

Here are few things you, as an employee to motivate your co-workers and create a motivating work environment. Here are three ways in which you, as an employee, can nurture a positive work environment.

1. Be Specific

Appreciating your co-workers doesn’t just mean telling them that they did a good job. Be specific about what you are appreciating. Observe your co-workers’ nature of work. Tell them something specific about their work and appreciate them about it. It makes them realize that you have actually noticed their efforts. Recognition from a boss is a great motivator, but appreciation from a co-worker can have a similar impact on an employee.

2. Value Their Work

Make your co-workers realize that you value their competence and skills. You can do this by asking for their opinions and suggestions during your work process. This is like telling your co-workers that their contribution is important. This not only helps them feel valued but also increases the level of collaboration on your team.

3. Motivate

Encouraging your co-workers to participate is not something you should do alone. Now that you have made the effort to bring your team-mates together and create a healthy work environment, it’s time to get your co-workers to participate. You can always bring together a small group of your colleagues and ask them to help you out. It might be a little awkward at first, but after the few first tries, it will become a lot easier!

You may not be the leader of your team or organization, but by motivating your co-workers to engage by creating a collaborative environment, you become the only driving force that your team needs to keep going.

Do you think leaders alone should shoulder the burden of employee engagement? Or is it something that all employees should take part in? How are you building high performance teams? Share your thoughts with us!




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