What does engagement mean to an organization that's growing?
The Oxford dictionary defines engagement as the agreement to do something for a fixed time AND as the act of being engaged. So, when we think about engagement at work there's 2 things to focus on:
When an organization is growing quickly, it can be very easy to focus on the bottom line and how quickly you can hire the talent to deliver profitable results. But I would argue that the CULTURE inherently will be focused on the bottom line if that is the sole focus of leadership.
While the bottom line is important, a culture driven by it can lead to poor behavior by:
For example, Millennial's value work- life balance and meaningful work over career progression as noted in Forbes.com. It is not enough to simply create Mission and Values; Leadership and managers need to walk the talk of both to demonstrate their importance, so others will follow and be inspired to action individually.
By building the spirit of collaboration that aligns with the Mission and Values, a winning Culture of Engagement that ultimately leads to growth within a company will begin to emerge. It is no longer a question of why bother, but rather a question how fast can we create this.
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