For employees to be engaged at work, they need to feel respected by their leaders, writes Paul Marciano, author of "Carrots and Sticks Don't Work." Some ways leaders can show respect include providing recognition, giving supportive feedback and fostering a collaborative environment.
Especially in tough times, employees look to an inspirational leader for confidence and connection. Strong leaders will involve every member of the company and liberally celebrate and recognize workers, Jerry Wilson writes.
As companies grapple with staying afloat during the tough economy, an engaged work force may not be one of the top priorities, but it should be, according to a recent survey. The survey of 23,600 directors, managers and employees found that employee engagement is one of the top three factors driving a company's success and in building bottom-line performance, and that engaged employees may actually be the key to helping companies survive the downturn.
Boosting your company's supply chain function can help during tough times by saving money and properly positioning the company for when business picks up again. Strategies include embracing supply chain performance management and having the right software in place as a means to understand and assess situations.