Engaging your employees…Is it all up to you?

The willingness to learn is a trait that all entrepreneurs need. There are constant learning opportunities from situations that you are in and the people you meet on a daily basis.

I love to read, and I will admit one reason I read so much, is to find good content for my social media accounts. Below, you will find a link to a Harvard Business Review article that I have recently read.

https://hbr.org/2015/12/engaging-your-employees-is-good-but-dont-stop-there 

The Coles Notes version of the article can be summed up like this:

Inspired employees are more productive than any other employee at any other emotion level. How do you get your employee inspired? Communicate the deep purpose and mission of the company to employees. If that is not working, have your leadership inspire them or take your leadership through inspiration training.

Highly engaged or inspired employees are more productive and are more willing to go above and beyond for their company, but there is one thing I question.

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Can an employee not inspire themselves? Should it be left to their leadership to get them motived and produce their best work? I understand, and have seen what strong leadership can bring to the table, but I have not seen it being sustainable over the long term by itself.

As many people in my network are a solopreneur as myself, you need to find that something that inspires yourself to be that inspired ‘employee’. It seems that it is expected that others should do things for you now.

Take ownership of your own attitude. Take ownership of level of work. Take ownership of the biggest thing that you and you only can control: YOU! You may think that others control you. They do…if you let them. Take yourself back and let yourself set the tone. Don’t allow people to make the decisions for you.

Have an awesome week.

Kevin

Kevin MacDonald is a Business Consultant at L6S Business Consulting Inc (www.L6SBC.ca). L6S offers services in management consulting, Controller and CFO contracting, and lean management with either project work or teaching/mentoring of staff. Kevin has his CMA accounting designation along with a Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma.

Kevin is active in the community by volunteering for different groups and donates platelets at the Canadian Blood Services clinic on a bi-weekly basis.

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