Learning from experience
We recently conducted a simple exercise among colleagues in the organization that I work for. We did it in a regular connect call, with around sixteen people joining from ten different countries. The ask was easy, to share what engagement means to us personally. We went in circle and everyone in maximum 30 sec. gave their answers. You could feel the energy on the call immediately started rising, everyone were sharing enthusiastically. A number of different descriptions were given. From feeling valued, empowered, culture to ability to learn & grow…. I personally named three: purpose, fun and team.
The Key Ingredient to Engagement
And actually Team, the human connections, relationship with colleagues and the manager were the common answer for all.
Team, the relationships with colleagues at work is one of the most important drivers of engagement! And indeed, there is a reason why one of the Gallup’s Q12 Employee Engagement survey statements is “I have a best friend at work”. At Gallup they discovered the power of this item in identifying talented workgroups – that the strongest agreement occurred in the most productive workgroups.
So what does it mean for organizations today?
As a result of our finding we have all agreed as part of our call that investing in teams is critical. And that investment means putting team time, face to face or virtual first. Not letting a busy business agenda or remotely set up teams become an excuse to making time for teams. Creating space where people can connect, build relationships, collaborate and get challenged together.
A few quick ideas…
It can be done in a simple team sessions were teams get to know each other better, to a full day session working on team’s purpose or spending time outside the office doing a fun and interesting team activity.
So team leaders, HR partners – it’s a call for you! Make sure you put teams first and help them bond, grow friendships. Create time for team building and team activities as this will drive the team’s engagement and ultimately drive better business performance.