Maintaining Engagement During the “Back to School” Crunch

| October 11, 2016

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For many employees, summer means rest and relaxation, regardless of whether it involves a family vacation or less structured “downtime.” With so many of our colleagues and direct reports taking time off, the pace of the workplace can tend to slow down to match this mindset… only to get a jolt when September rolls around.  As the summer winds down, employees are dealing with not just a return to routine, but also with the extra tasks, responsibilities, and commuting challenges that “back to school” brings. How can leaders and employees maintain engagement – and continue to reap the great results it brings – during this time?
Be empathetic. In every one of my books and talks, I point out that more than any other trait in a manager, employees cite empathy as the biggest engagement driver. It’s not rocket science; of course people want to feel that the boss cares about them as a person. The key is to be genuine and mindful about expressing empathy. One of the simplest techniques is simply to ask questions and really listen to the answers. This doesn’t mean encouraging whining; it means letting employees know that you acknowledge that they aren’t just cogs in the wheel of the workplace.

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