The Take Five! questions in our previous newsletter issue were related to the ability to clear the “mental space” necessary to focus attention more intentionally. Here are some highlights from the 40+ responses we received:
- 70% of those who responded reported being less than satisfied with their ability to eliminate tasks with limited productivity value.
- 40% reported being less than satisfied with their ability to make the space necessary to offer creative solutions or mentor.
- 40% reported being less than satisfied with their ability to prioritize their work.
What does this have to do with creating a high engagement work culture? We asked 200 participants in a management skills training session the following question: From your perspective as a manager what barriers do you see (if any) to incorporating engagement actions into your day-to-day management practice? No surprise that by far the two most frequent responses were “lack of time” and “heavy workload.”
While creating a high engagement work culture usually requires a commitment to large systemic changes, let’s not forget that small things can make a big difference. This is where hacks – tips or tricks for managing something more efficiently – come in.
Here are five hacks, each tied to an attribute of engagement, that you can start doing today:
- Say ‘Thank You’ for a job well done. (Engagement Attribute: Recognition)
2) Ask one person what s/he cares about deeply and listen for at least 5 minutes. (Engagement Attribute: Building Intentional Relationships)
3) Share one of your personal or professional goals with an employee. (Engagement Attribute: Connection to Meaning)
4) Ask a co-worker or employee for help. (Engagement Attribute: Trust and Cooperation)
5) Circulate a short article or video and chat about it over lunch or coffee. (Engagement Attribute: Development)
Imagine what might happen if every manager in your organization began consistently using these five engagement hacks? Likely the volume would go way up.