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Employee Engagement ‘Rule’ 12: Take it to extremes

Dec 21, 2015

Your best people are itching to accomplish something incredible together. Challenge, rally, and support your people and you will be struck by what they can do. 

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?

12. Take it to extremes


Your best people are itching to accomplish something incredible together. Challenge, rally, and support your people and you will be struck by what they can do.

Driving home the fact work is not ‘just a job’ among today’s multigenerational workforce, people do ‘extreme’ things on the weekend or on their own time – because they enjoy it; for the challenge (or having something to brag about). This desire for extreme accomplishments doesn’t go away during the work week, and why would it? People have an itch to accomplish incredible things in life which includes their work and, if it can’t be found with their current employer, they will go elsewhere. 

How can I, as a manager, ‘take it to extremes’ for employees?

In order for employees to feel they can take it to extremes at work, they need to be able to say:

  • I enjoy being challenged to push my limits at work
  • I believe I can accomplish more at my current organization than I could somewhere else
  • I will accomplish incredible things at this job

Where does Canada fit in?

Data from a recent (2014) survey BI WORLDWIDE conducted shows that in Canada, ‘Take it to extremes’ is ordered 7th most important in driving commitment among employees and 2nd  of the 12 rules in driving performance.

The majority of survey respondents agree to the statement ‘I enjoy being challenged to push my limits at work’.

Less than half of Canadian employees surveyed agree that they can accomplish more at their current organization than they could somewhere else. An even fewer amount of people agree that they will accomplish incredible things at their current job.

This data tells an interesting story:

Employees not only want, but enjoy being challenged and pushed to their limits at work, but it seems that Canadian employers are not doing a great job in showing employees it is possible to accomplish greatness at their company. Definitely something to think about, 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.