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Everyone on board

How do you get staff to fully engage your business strategy? By Alyson Pellowe

Business managers want to know that if goals need to be met, their employees will bend over backwards to achieve them.

It is about getting the whole company on board in the actual strategy of the business.

The Institute of Employment Studies suggests that successful engagement makes staff feel valued and involved.

People can be sceptical about this type of management, but when they are involved in it they go the extra mile instinctively.

So where do you start? Concentrate on opening up the communication channels. Encourage staff to voice ideas and thoughts about the strategy of the business – and be responsive to their feedback.

Initiating an employee survey is a good way to start. You will get valuable feedback and you will find out how engaged they are.

Even the volume of survey responses is useful – a poor response rate indicates lack of engagement.
Appoint a staff representative and through them create a system that encourages feedback.

A US research organisation says that there are eight key factors to successful engagement.

From those eight it found that the most significant was the relationship between manager and employee. The more open and constructive the relationship, the more content and productive the employee was.

So, take a look at your management style – are you listening to your team and making sure your boss listens to you?

Alyson Pellowe is founder and managing director of People Vision