As the 2013 Employee Engagement Conference wrapped up this past Wednesday, the energy of the sessions and wisdom of the speakers really got me thinking: there is a multitude of different ways to engage employees, but all begin with trust and authenticity.
Linda Stewart and Andy Atkins from Interaction Associates dug into how trust manifests in business today, and what behaviors leaders and employees can take to grow that level of confidence and reliability between them. I challenge you to think about your own career and consider how you perceive others and how they might perceive you. What makes you trust or distrust someone? What can you do to support accountability and reliability in your organization?
It’s obvious that employee engagement hinges on employees – but in their quest to formalize and implement programs to address engagement, organizations often aggregate employees into groups, inadvertently disregarding some of the unique things that motivate individual people.
Next week, I’ll be keynoting at HCI’s Employee Engagement Conference in Chicago. Among the other speakers joining me on the agenda include Cathy Benko, Vice Chairman and Managing Principal at Deloitte LLP; Ellie Gates, Director of Management Effectiveness & Performance at Adobe; Janice Weiss, Director of Recognition and Engagement Marketing at Macy’s; Ginger Gregory, Chief Human Resources Officer at Dunkin’ Brands, Inc.; and Lisa Lewis, Manager of Organizational Change Management at Mercedes-Benz Financial Services.