3 Ways to increase engagement as a manager

Did you know that 81% of Millennials will not trust you unless you build a relationship (Source: Pew Research)?  This is not only important to engagement, but to actually recruit employees. 

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This lack of trust is more than any other generation in the workforce.  So how can we gain the trust from our employees?

Get to know your employees.  Walk around the office and have conversations with your team. Check out their desk and see what pictures they have displayed and them questions based on what you see.  “Did you get a new dog? What’s their name?” “What grade are your kids in now?”

Ask “What do you need from me?”  This simple phrase opens up the conversation for your employees to ask about professional development and support they may not have had the opportunity to ask about before.

Ask for feedback.  We often give feedback to our employees but don’t ask for it ourselves.  Ask “what can I be doing better in my role to support you and our team?”


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Alissa Carpenter

TEDx Speaker, Author, Facilitator at Everything's Not OK and That's OK
Alissa Carpenter is a multigenerational workplace expert, owner of Everything’s Not Ok and That’s OK and host of Humanize Your Workplace podcast.
She provides training, consulting, and speaking services to organizations all over the world. She has an MEd in Social and Comparative Analysis in Education from the University of Pittsburgh and is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach. Her work helps to bridge communication gaps across generations, job functions, and geographies, and she has worked with organizations ranging from non-profits to multi-billion-dollar enterprises. She has delivered a TEDx talk on authentic workplace communication, and has been featured in media outlets including Forbes, ABC, FOX, and CBS. Her book, Humanize Your Workplace (Career Press), is set to release next year.
Alissa Carpenter