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It was 35% before COVID-19 hit!

35% -- Gallop’s latest 2019 poll percentage of USA workers that are highly involved in, enthusiastic about and committed to their work and believe it or not, that’s the highest it’s ever been!

That means prior to COVID-19, for every 3 members on your team, one was truly engaged.

What do you think it is today?

With the uncertain impact of the pandemic, your employees are not just worried about their jobs, but their kids’ school, their parents’ health and so much more – I can guarantee you even your best employees are struggling to stay focused. You may be struggling too!

What does it take to build engagement into your business’ culture? In the words of David Zinger, Engagement Specialist and Consultant you need to:

“Create caring and robust connections between every employee and their work, customers, leaders, managers, and the organization to achieve results that matter to everyone in this sentence.”

– David Zinger (

Sounds great! But is that an achievable goal in our current times?

Yes! And your first step is to grasp that every person in your business needs to believe that you care about them as an individual.

Don’t believe me? Listen to best-selling author Patrick Lencioni explain this key principle in a five-minute YouTube video entitled The Best Way to Increase Engagement.

To dig a little deeper, read Patrick’s book, The Truth About Employee Engagement. In his book, Patrick explains the three things every leader of people needs to do to eliminate job misery and improve employee engagement. What are they?

Every employee wants to

  • feel known

  • know their job matters to someone

  • know how their contribution is being measured.

In the book, Patrick explains these three things through an interesting, engaging story and in the end gives practical advise on how to you can improve your execution in all three areas.

But we don’t have to over complicate things. Today, make a commitment to call each of your direct reports and ask them, “Hey, how are you doing? How’s your family? How are you handling the impact of COVID-19 on your life?”

Just that simple action on your part will get you on the road to improving your employee engagement today.

BTW: I am not affiliated with Pat and his products; I share them because they've worked for my clients.

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