When my daughter got engaged, the word engagement took on a whole new meaning. In my line of work my definition of engagement had always been “an employee who is fully involved in, and enthusiastic about their work, and thus will act in a way that furthers their organization’s interests.” Now, in the world of cake tastings and dress rehearsals engagement meant that interesting time between dating and marriage.
However, during the six months of my daughter’s engagement I realized there were a lot of similarities between what I see every day in working with successful organizations and the engagement period before a wedding. Those six months brought everyone impacted, the engaged couple, in-laws, extended family and friends together for a common goal. Everyone had a role and knew their part. The enthusiasm and excitement of all involved resulted in individuals going beyond what was expected to make the wedding events meaningful and beautiful. Isn’t that the same enthusiasm we strive to see in our employees?
The new family members spent quality time getting to know each other. The future in-laws spent the weekend at our house as we taste tested and visited rehearsal dinner venues. We were all open to ideas, recommendations and cultural differences. The engaged couple had everyone’s support and we had their best interest in mind. And along the way we were all reminded that “engagement” is meeting each other more than half way.
It is this engagement period that organizations should strive to replicate – a culture of engagement where employees are excited and motivated to participate each and every day! Employers should create a culture of engagement that offers employees an opportunity to understand the vision and goals of the organization and see how they can contribute to the success of the organization. There should always be open communication and acceptance of diverse thinking and continuous feedback. Employees should then be rewarded in a personal and meaningful way financially and through other forms of recognition so they may grow personally and professionally.
If organizations are successful in establishing this engagement period their employees will forever stay in “the honeymoon stage.” They will be excited about their work and exceed all expectations, leading to better business.
For some additional insights on ways organizations can improve engagement check out the recording of our recent webinar – Let the War Begin: Winning Strategies to Retain Top Talent.