Two-Way Communication: 4 Tips for a More Engaged Workplace

Posted by David Grossman on Mon,Apr 29, 2019

You know the reality – employees who are highly engaged in their work perform better than their less-committed counterparts and boost the organization’s bottom line.

One of the most critical elements to employee engagement is two-way communication in the workplace. You might wonder why I add the words two-way to my description since it’s inherent in the definition, yet in consulting with leaders I continue to see a lot of communication that actually is information, since it lacks back and forth that’s critical to communication, among other problems.

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Tags: Employee Engagement

One Way to Be a Leader People Want to Follow

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Apr 03, 2019

Why do people follow leaders?

Hint: it’s not because of that really great PowerPoint presentation on the new strategy you gave at the quarterly all-hands meeting. Or because of your tenure. Or title.

The simple answer is we follow leaders because of how they make us feel. (And by the way, to be a leader, you need to have followers.)

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Tags: Employee Engagement, Leadership Effectiveness & Planning

Increasing Employee Engagement During Turbulent Times and Significant Change in One Major Healthcare Company

Posted by David Grossman on Mon,Mar 25, 2019

A major division of a healthcare company that’s part of a Fortune 50 global healthcare conglomerate faced a tough road. Changes in the healthcare landscape forced sweeping changes to its strategy.  

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Tags: Employee Engagement, Internal Communication, Communicating Change, Case Study

Taking Action on Feedback from Employees

Posted by David Grossman on Mon,Feb 25, 2019

Being a good leader doesn’t happen by luck. It happens because those individuals have a strong sense of self-awareness, and seek input and feedback from not just their boss and their peers, but even more importantly, their employees.

I always urge leaders to try this if it’s not part of the way they work, and they’re often surprised by how honest and considerate the feedback is that they get.

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Tags: Employee Engagement, Feedback/Trust

A Simple Employee Collaboration Tip You'll Flip Over

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Feb 20, 2019

Have something you want to get your employees’ input on? Post a question on a flip chart in your department or office, provide Post-its, and watch the ideas grow. It’s an informal focus group of sorts, where employees will periodically revisit the question and ideas, leading to great collaboration in real time (and without meeting!). Working virtually? Create a shared online whiteboard. 

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Tags: Employee Engagement

The 9 Key Benefits of an Engaged Workforce

Posted by David Grossman on Mon,Feb 18, 2019

Even though improving employee engagement has been a common goal for many organizations for decades, employees aren’t feeling it. In fact, the lack of workforce engagement remains one of most persistent organizational challenges in business today. 

According to the most recent statistics from the Gallup Organization, only 13 percent of worldwide employees are engaged. In the U.S., under a third of all employees are engaged, a number that’s been relatively stagnant for many years. That’s a whole lot of employees who aren’t interested in making their organizations stronger and more valuable. 

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5 Tips to Engage Your Employees in Company Strategy

Posted by David Grossman on Mon,Feb 04, 2019

Ready to create, revise or revamp your company strategy? If you’re like many organizations today, that process starts and stops with a small group of executives working through mounds of data, then drawing on their own business instincts to draw up a plan. 

While that may seem like the fastest and smartest way to arrive on a strategy, I’ve seen that process fail many times in my work advising companies. In essence, the process ends far too soon, and is too limited in scope. Leaders end up paying lip service to proper alignment and communication of their strategy. They put all their resources into building their strategic plan in relative isolation, then drop off when it comes to investing in its future. 

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Tags: Employee Engagement, Leadership Effectiveness & Planning

Help Employees Get to Know You With These Tips

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Jan 30, 2019

When you ask employees, they want to be able to connect with their leader—today more than ever before. Employees want to know what you have to say; they also want to know what you stand for.

Here are some tips to help your employees get to know you:

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Tags: Employee Engagement, Leadership Effectiveness & Planning

One Question You Need to Answer for Every Employee

Posted by David Grossman on Mon,Dec 10, 2018

Know your audience and speak to them. Great leaders inspire employees to action by giving them feelings of significance, community, and excitement.

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Tags: Employee Engagement, Internal Communication, Leadership Effectiveness & Planning

How to Share Recognition with Your Employees

Posted by David Grossman on Tue,Aug 14, 2018

It’s a question I often get from leaders: “Do I need to praise someone on my team for ‘just doing his or her job?’”

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Tags: Employee Engagement

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