Employee Engagement for Kerry Group
Employee Engagement TIPS that will work for Kerry Group AND Reinforce the Kerry Way
Vivien, the core program is based around Employee Engagement through the Gift of GAB (Goals, Attitude, Behavior)
Here I showcase one section – Goals / Micro-Goals that truly resonates and impacts employees at all levels. The program would be customized to particular issues / challenges that you and your team are facing, based on detailed discussion with you, Vivien.
FIVE Daily Dopamine Hits for Employee Engagement!
In my program on The Gift of GAB (Goals, Attitude, Behavior), I provide five very simple Employee Engagement Tips in the form of Micro-Goals.
Five Employee Engagement Tips – when set as Goals – will help you and your R&D team generate FIVE hits of dopamine each day that will not only help each team member to fell better but also those around them.
The result for Kerry Group? Improved collaboration, engagement and productivity.
Those Micro-Goals spell the acronym CHAPS, which is not a very difficult word to remember, now is it, chaps? (and chapesses!)
The Micro-Goals relate to:
C – Compliment one person today. (SEE Employee Engagement article on The Power of a Compliment).
H – Hear ‘Thank You’ (See more on Employee Engagement TIp “Hear”)
A – Address colleagues / customers with their name (See how this improves Employee Engagement)
P – Positive words create positive impact
S – Smile – as in, Put a smile on someone’s face.
Now, you and your colleagues in Kerry might already be utilizing some of these ideas, but the reason why I suggest you specifically set these CHAPS elements AS GOALs is because when you implement them you will feel better because you have achieved a Micro-Goal which generates the dopamine and quite likely encourages you to repeat the exercise in the future. The other truly positive factor about these Micro-Goals is that each of them will help to build a better relationship between you and your colleagues / customers / vendors etc. It is a genuine Win-Win and will help reinforce your corporate values and the Kerry Way
How to Enhance Employee Engagement at Kerry
4 Tips to Inspire Engagement, Nourish Life!
(Inspired by Kerry Purpose – Inspiring Food, Nourishing Life)
Employee engagement and the issues surrounding it has become a major topic in every boardroom, talent acquisition and human resources meeting.
It is no secret that people are leaving their current job in historically large numbers. While it is often termed the “Great Resignation,” it is not accurate to say people are leaving the workforce. No! They are leaving companies in most cases to go to other companies where they believe – sometimes mistakenly – that the grass is greener on the other side.
How can you make sure your employees appreciate that the grass is actually greenest on your side?
Here are 4 tips to motivate your team and keep them engaged.
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1) Don’t Treat Employees as Employees!
Wha? “The guy is nuts,” I hear you say. Maybe, but the critical mindset when dealing with your employees is to treat them first of all as people, comrades in arms if you will.
Remember, your employees experience the same emotions, reactions, highs and lows as you do. The factors that trigger those emotions may be different to your personal experience but the emotions and reactions are not.
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2) Ask Yourself: “What would the employee I interacted with today say about me to their spouse, partner, family, friend?
Unless you have employees wire-tapped, it might be difficult to really know the answer, but you probably can guess though as to whether the employee says she is treated with respect and appreciated when a good job is done. You don’t need to be liked to be an effective boss who generates good employee engagement, but you do need to be respected.
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3) Ask the Question: “How is it going?”
In a fast paced environment, it is easy to fall into the trap of not listening to employees and simply telling people what needs to be done. From my experience, this often happens when you have daily “Huddle” meetings, where you feel the need to cover numerous topics fast and get your team out on the floor as soon as possible. I liken this to regularly telling your teenage kid what to do / how to behave etc. which as most parents will attest soon becomes a waste of breath. You’re talking. No one is listening.
If however, during your regular meetings you ask “How is it going?” you now have the opportunity to get a conversation going. If this is a new departure for you, you may initially get silence as the team wonders “What’s the reason for this question?” Maybe, you can preface the question with “I think we are doing great work here, all of you, but I’m interested in your views as to how it is going.” You also probably have a number of employees who do have opinions on many topics, so maybe you can ask one of them specifically the question.
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4) Accept and Implement Employee Comments and Suggestions
If you truly want to build employee engagement, those employees must feel valued. One highly effective way to encourage improved morale and reduce employee turnover is to accept, appreciate AND implement ideas from your team. Are there simple, implementable suggestions coming from your co-workers that can be easily introduced. These ideas do not have to be life changing and in your view might not even make much of a difference to operational activity, BUT accepting them and implementing them WILL make a huge difference to employees sense of being valued. When employees see their ideas being implement, it will result in much better employee morale and engagement.
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