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Employee Engagement: Management Snake Oil Won't Help
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User Rank: Apprentice
6/22/2013 | 11:31:01 PM
re: Employee Engagement: Management Snake Oil Won't Help
@Jonathan Great topic. Transparent communication = empowered employees in all departments and at all levels of the firm. Employees will only be as engaged as their manager empowers them to be.
User Rank: Ninja
6/22/2013 | 9:16:03 PM
re: Employee Engagement: Management Snake Oil Won't Help
I'd be more engaged if management would listen to my expert opinion and fix my administrative problems as well as set the focus on things that would advance my work. For example, many times I pointed out why a technical decision will have negative consequences. I was shot down and now everyone has to deal with the disadvantages that cost the company money. Money that could be spent on a friggin 70 buck 2TB hard drive that I was denied (including the request to replace my 4 year old hunk o junk Dell), but having every management meeting off site with full catering that is no problem. And lastly, fix the problems that keep me from doing work, especially when the focus is set on things that in the end matter little to customers.
Recently one layer of management was removed entirely and there was absolutely no change. We didn't need all these manager's managers for quite a while. All they did was sit in meetings and sign off on time sheets and reject purchase orders.
User Rank: Strategist
6/21/2013 | 7:51:52 PM
re: Employee Engagement: Management Snake Oil Won't Help
I would take a 10% paycut if my company listened to me when setting deadlines for projects. Instead of basing due dates upon lollypops and unicorns, I'd rather them actually ask us what is possible considering the priority and resource availability. The current method is to set unrealistic deadlines, force lots of overtime, then when missing the deadline is unavoidable, simply move the deadline. But this time we really mean it. We have to make this deadline. Then a few weeks before implementation just cancel the whole thing.

Yep, I'd give up 10% for a more sane approach.

The other statement that rang true is management having 20 #1 priorities. The obvious result is that crisis becomes the only priority setting mechanism.
This is beyond retarted.
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User Rank: Moderator
6/20/2013 | 9:31:31 PM
re: Employee Engagement: Management Snake Oil Won't Help
"More money doesn't make people more engaged."

Okay, let's cut everyone's salary by 20% and give them more non-cash "appreciation" and see how things work out.

It's still how we keep score.

I agree that interesting work is important, but that's not the only reason Facebook and Google are popular places to work.

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