Tag Archive: employee engagement

Do You Have Empowered Teams?

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Lately, there has been a common theme at seemingly unrelated events — the importance of employee engagement and empowerment. Just in the last several weeks, it has come up at the Drucker Supply Chain Forum, the Harvey Mudd executive panel event, and at the CEO Summit. Do you have empowered teams? Or do you just think you do? In thinking about empowered teams, we can ask a few pointed questions: Do you communicate the importance of employees acting in the best interest of the customer? Do your teams understand what they are able to do to satisfy a customer? If an employee makes a decision…
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Why Does Employee Engagement Matter?

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Employee engagement was a hot topic during the “Company Culture as a Competitive Advantage” panel at the Drucker Supply Chain Forum. Did you know that one of the most recent Gallup studies found that 67% of people are not engaged in the workplace? How horrifying is that? Worse yet, what makes up the 67%? 51% are not engaged but 16% are actively disengaged. What? Can you imagine the obstacles to overcome to be successful in an environment where 16% of your team is working against you? What can we do about employee engagement? 1. Involvement– Involve your people in their work. It sounds obvious…
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Why Planning is at the Crux of Success

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I just had a brainstorming session with one of my key clients about the integrated planning process — in essence, how demand and supply match up to ensure customer service (which is #1 for every client in today’s environment), growth, and improved margins and cash flow. It almost doesn’t matter the reason I come into a client — and the reasons can be wide ranging — there is always opportunity to improve the integrated planning process, get everyone on one page with clarity and sync up demand with supply. It sounds much easier to do than it is in reality.…
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Do You Recognize Your Employees?

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One of the most successful yet NO-cost ways to create employee engagement is to recognize them. It can be as simple as saying thank you. Have you said thank you to any of your employees or peers lately? Find a way to say thank you at least once a day. Look for opportunities. Have they gone over and beyond? Have they finished an assignment early? Did they make a suggestion? Were they helpful to another employee? There are countless opportunities to say thank you. Another way to recognize employees is to give them meaningful work. Make sure you communicate the…
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