Engage – Don’t Enrage!

Who wants to work for a lame boss? And yet, a lot of us do.

In fact, Gallup found that most employees who moved on from a company said they did so because of their boss, not their actual job. Yep. And get this: Poorly managed companies are 50% less productive and 44% less profitable than well-managed groups.


Don’t just invest in your all-star: There are a handful of standouts in any given company, but there are even more who lack the rock-star status. These often-looked-over guys and gals are dependable and consistent, and they probably make up the majority of your organization. Don’t let them slip through the cracks because they feel disengaged. They matter—A LOT. Look for ways to empower them so they keep your business steady and running strong.

Give regular feedback:
Give issue-specific feedback so your employees know what they should either improve or keep doing. Communication is key to getting results, so giving regular constructive criticism or compliments can make a big impact on your employees’ engagement. Show them you are paying attention to what they do. (Insert performance reviews here!)

Be a people company:
What are your employees’ passions, skills or goals? Find that out and figure out how to utilize those specific things. Making your talent feel challenged is important to making them feel productive as well as appreciated because you are tapping into their own personal attributes in order to enhance the company.

Get their opinion:
When employees feel like their outlook doesn’t matter or they aren’t contributing to decisions made in the workplace, they become easily disengaged because they feel unheard or looked over. Ask them for their opinions and seriously take them into consideration. It will go a long way to bettering their performance.

Don’t be a high-turnover boss. Instead of focusing on simply retaining employees, look to invest more time into figuring out who they are and what you can do for them. If they know you care and they matter, the retention will take care of itself.


Denis Coleman

Denis Coleman is the founder and CEO of Work Compass, a cloud staff performance collaboration software platform that helps teams align their efforts with strategic goals and continuously improve performance. Frustrated with the disconnect between strategy setting and day to day execution and the lack of tools available to managers to help them be great at their most important function …. Aligning their teams activities with strategic goals and actively managing for high performance Denis spent over 5 years researching strategy execution and performance management practices before founding Work Compass to create a software solution. Denis has held senior roles in Ireland, Czech Republic and North America with high performing electronics manufacturing and professional services organisations for more than 12 years. Denis has worked as Finance Director responsible for €800 million in annual revenues for Flextronics International, Key Account Manager responsible for annual revenues of more than €600 million for Dovatron International and Management Consultant for BDO one of Europe’s most successful professional services providers.

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