Pouring money into salaries isn’t a sound engagement and retention strategy. It’s like admitting, “Look, I know it really sucks here. So why don’t I throw a few more bills your way?”
The best leaders know how to engage their employees in any season, just like snow days engage a child.
Have you ever gone shopping at a crowded department store after a long day to buy clothes you don’t really want for an upcoming event that you dread attending?
Breathe more; suck less. Are you using your air to make people avoid you, or are you using your air to be happier…and spread happiness?
It’s easy to fall in love with a person or job that’s perfect, which, like unicorns, don’t exist. So maybe you should just focus on being your best. Period.
Imagine what this world would look like if each day you took a few minutes to thank one person for how they’ve made a difference in your life. I don’t have scientific evidence that this would, indeed, change the world. But I can promise you that if you pick up this challenge it will change your world.
Engagement doesn’t require expensive programs, and you don’t even need to have the word leader in your title to spread engagement to others. All that is required for you to ignite passion in others is for you to become the light by demonstrating appreciation. It’s simple, free, and powerful. It happens when you express interest, thanks, awe, praise, or just attention to others. People will follow you around as if you were the Sun, and they shining plants in your garden.