As the holiday period winds down and people trickle back into work, business leaders should make employee engagement a top priority as they kick off the new year at work, according to a management expert. Here are some important questions for leaders to ask themselves in order to improve their relationships with their workers.
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According to Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric and the founder of the Jack Welch Management Institute, cash flow, customer satisfaction and employee engagement are the three most important metrics to measure a business' health. The latter, however, is the only one that is firmly in the control of business leaders.
Welsh recommends that leaders ask themselves the following questions now, at the beginning of 2016, to steer them down the right path of improving employee engagement:
- Have my employees really bought into the mission of the company/business unit?
- Do my they understand where we're going and why we do what we do to get there?
- Have I made it clear to my employees what's in it for them when we get there?
- Am I celebrating their achievements, reaching the milestones we've established?
- Am I coaching them in a constructive manner so they feel I have their back?
- Do they always know where they stand?
- Have I given them the freedom and the authority to raise these same questions with their teams?
These are the questions that should be asked and the answers evaluated regularly throughout the year, weaving in employee feedback as well.
[Via LinkedIn Pulse Blog]