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10 Steps to Engage Employees in the 2020 Workplace

Employee engagement is typically thought of as focusing on individuals, having them do special assignments, having them speak up when they see a different way to do things, and providing a workplace where employees can build personal and emotional relationships. Millennials respond well to innovative and mature management. To manage effectively:

  1. Be transparent – your honesty or dishonesty will be quickly noticed
  2. Be judicious – ensure your efforts to be transparent do not violate your employees’ privacy and confidentiality
  3. Write what you know – write and post about a topic you know about; don’t try to tap dance through areas you do not know
  4. Perception is reality – be professional and live your values
  5. Are you adding value? – If it helps people to improve knowledge or skills, build their businesses, do their jobs, solve their problems, or increase their intelligence, then you are adding value
  6. Your responsibility – You are responsible for what you say, for what you write, and for what you do
  7. Create some excitement – Share the exciting things you are learning and doing
  8. Be a leader – There is a fine line between healthy debate and incendiary reaction so be careful and considerate
  9. Did you screw up? – If you make a mistake, admit it
  10. If it gives you pause, pause – If something makes you uncomfortable, stop, review it, make necessary changes, and then do another gut check

Reference: Meister, J. C. & Willyerd, K. (2010) THE 2020 WORKPLACE: How Innovative Companies Attract, Develop, and keep Tomorrow’s Employees Today. New York: Harper Collins Publications



Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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