What engages your team?

10373655_1496828610529762_4631440190527178140_nAt LEI Consulting, we really like food! And we enjoy bringing people together. So several years ago, we decided to incorporate a culinary cooking challenge into our team building experience.

During these events we see collaboration and problem solving. Everyone is engaged and there’s a connection that generates an awesome energy you want to bottle up and take back to the office!

We can replicate this in the workplace!

When we connect our team to the organization’s vision, mission, and values, they begin to develop an attitude of belonging. They feel included in the overall vision and their work has meaning. They don’t just want to do the work; they want to own it!

Optimal engagement is about empowering people to the extent where they begin to develop this ownership behavior.

  There are three conditions to establishing ownership behavior.

  1. A culture of learning. Jack Welch, former Chairman & CEO of General Electric once said, “An organization’s ability to learn is the ultimate competitive advantage.” Providing an environment where employees are encouraged to grow and develop is the foundation for fostering engagement and it sharpens your edge.
  2. Promote creativity. 60% of CEOs in a Fast Company poll said creativity was the most important skill to have in a leadership role. Allowing people to think beyond the boundaries helps with problem-solving as a team and it makes the organization more adaptable during times of change.
  3. Fostering innovative solutions. This is where leaders need to walk the talk. Develop policies in your department that support collaboration and the sharing of ideas. Create an environment of open dialogue where the team can work together to build on ideas and take ownership in the decisions.

As a leader, always be on the lookout for opportunities to build employee engagement. A good way to start is to follow the three conditions above to develop that ownership mentality. Take advantage of team building exercises and don’t be afraid to step outside the “office” box.

I can tell you from my own experience, it never hurts to include food.

 

 

By lei on July 6, 2016

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