Engagement Starts with You

By now every federal supervisor, manager, and executive — who hasn’t been living in a cave — is familiar with the term “engagement” and the Federal Government’s efforts to measure and improve employee engagement, and thus performance, through the Federal Employee ViewPoint Survey.  In fact, this past December the director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a Memorandum to Agencies on how to strengthen employee engagement outlining strategies and resources to do so, as well as establishing requirements to measure and report the results.  2014 Federal Viewpoint Survey https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/memoranda/2015/m-15-04.pdf

All of this engagement focus on employees sometimes overlooks the obvious – as a supervisor, manager, or executive, YOU set the example for your workforce and for your workplace.  If YOU aren’t motivated and engaged, your employees won’t be either.  Noted leadership scholars Barry Pozner and James Kouzes, the authors of Encouraging the Heart: A Leader’s Guide to Rewarding and Recognizing Others, have studied organizations for many years.  They identified seven essentials to encouraging employees; essential #7 is “Set the Example.” 

In my book, setting the example is the FIRST step to boost the engagement of your employees!  
Take a minute to ask yourself a couple of questions:

  • How do YOU feel about your job? 
  • What inspires YOU?
  • What kind of attitude are YOU bringing to the office?  Everyday? 
  • How do YOU handle your frustrations? 
  • Are YOUR staff meetings Informative? Interesting? Stimulating? Motivating?   

              Without a doubt, YOU set the tone — your employees are only going to be as positively engaged as you are.  And, the good news is that your attitude, your actions, and your re-actions are wholly within your control.  As the famous saying goes, “Life is 10% what happens and 90% how you react.”  

              A recent post from the Leadership Freak takes on this topic with 12 Ways to Quickly Energize Your Environment. Check it out and pick 2 things YOU can do today to set the example and boost your employees’ engagement.    https://leadershipfreak.wordpress.com/2015/07/15/12-ways-to-quickly-energize-your-environement/