Employee Engagement Cycle: Input

Stacy is a supervisor at the University and
Ray is a department head in a college. Lately, Stacy’s team and Ray’s faculty,
particularly assistant professors, have suffered from inefficiencies and lower productivity,
which are symptoms of low employee engagement. Both supervisors want to get to the bottom
of this so they decide to gather some input on the engagement drivers, which are conditions
that create engagement and productivity. For example, Stacy can simply call a staff
meeting and Ray can meet with each faculty member one on one. Gathering input will help discover what the
team is doing well and where things need improvement. During their respective meetings, Stacy and
Ray hand everyone a list of the engagement drivers and ask the team members and faculty
to identify which two are the strongest and which two need the most attention. They explain that the purpose of gathering
input is to inform development and continuous improvement by creating openness to taking
action. As it turns out, both teams identified that
professional development and workload distribution are areas that need attention in their respective
workplaces. Now Stacy and Ray can do something about it! Remember, you don’t need a formal engagement
survey to gather input from your teams, it can be as simple as an individual or team
meeting. The important thing is to gather input!

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