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Employee Engagement ‘Rule’ 11: Let them lead

Dec 10, 2015

Employees don’t just want their opinions to count. To accomplish all they can for the company, they need the chance to take the lead.

What are the New Rules of Engagement?

The New Rules of Engagement℠ are, put simply, a diagnostic tool. They act as levers to help managers with improving the commitment and performance of their employees and give managers the ability to look at employee engagement in a different way, conducive to the conditions of today’s dynamic workforce.

In the first segment of this series, we talked about how to build a foundation to drive commitment and performance among employees.  See our last post of the next segment, driving commitment and performance here.

What comes next in strengthening employee commitment and performance?

11. Let them lead


Employees don’t just want their opinions to count. To accomplish all they can for the company, they need the chance to take the lead.

Employees today need more than to have their opinion acknowledged. They want to have the opportunity to show employers what they can do. Action is better than talk; and given the chance, showing what you can do is a more powerful motivator to do a good job over the opportunity to comment on how things are being run at the office.  

How can I, as a manager, help to let employees take the lead?

In order for employees to feel the company they work allows them to take the lead, they need to be able to say:

  • I get the chance to lead at my job
  • My ideas ate taken seriously
  • My organization trusts me with important decisions

Where does Canada fit in?

Data from a recent (2014) survey BI WORLDWIDE conducted shows that in Canada, ‘Let them lead’ is ordered 11th most important in driving commitment among employees but 3rd of the 12 rules in driving performance.

The majority of respondents agree with the statements: I get the chance to lead at my job, my ideas are taken seriously, AND my organization trusts me with important decisions.

Keep it up, Canada.   

 

The New Rules of Engagement are the subject of a book called Widgets: The 12 New Rules for Managing Your Employees As If They’re Real People, written by New York Times bestselling author, Rodd Wagner.                               

To learn more about how we can help your company with employee engagement or the New Rules of Engagement survey, we welcome you to get in touch at: canada@biworldwide.com.

If you are new to BI WORLDWIDE Canada’s perspective on employee engagement, check out our first post of this series here.