18 employee engagement tips for managers

High levels of employee engagement have a positive impact on business results. If you are a manager of other people, managing their performance to positively impact business results is your day job.  It seems so obvious, yet so many managers still don’t get it. They focus the majority of their efforts on task and process policing and wonder why their people are not the most motivated team on the planet.

Henry Ford once said, ‘You can take my factories, burn up my buildings, but give me my people & I’ll build the business right back up again. He clearly recognised the real value engaged people add.

Wise advice is cause for reflection

At the start of the new millennium the Dalai Lama issued eighteen rules for living. With very little adjustment, they also make a great set of engagement tips for managers (perhaps unsurprisingly). It is after all about mutual respect.

1. Take into account that great relationships and great achievements involve great risk.

2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

3. Follow the three Rs: 1. Respect for self 2. Respect for others 3. Responsibility for all your actions.

4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.          [amazon_link id=”0684861399″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently (Simon & Schuster business books)[/amazon_link]

Don’t let a little dispute injure a great relationship.

7. When you realise you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

8. Spend some time alone every day.

9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.

10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

11. Live a good, honourable work life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.

12. A supportive atmosphere in your team is the foundation for success.

13. In disagreements with colleagues, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.

14. Share your knowledge, not your solutions.


15. Be connected with your community.

16. Once a year, try something you’ve never tried before.

17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your respect for each other exceeds your need for each other.

18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

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