10 commandments of employee engagement

Respecting, informing and praising your staffers should be just the beginning. Here’s an array of ways to boost morale and involvement up and down the organizational chart.

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With the holidays and a new year upon us, it’s a good time to pause, look at the big picture, and resolve to do even better in 2015.

In that light, here’s something to ponder: Other than a paycheck, do you give your employees good reasons to come to work each day?

Here are a few ideas to help you pump up employee engagement and make recruiting easier, too:

The 10 commandments of engagement

1. Thou shalt differentiate yourself. What do you offer that other employers don’t? Are your policies more family-friendly? Maybe you’re more flexible or you promote from within more often. Whatever it is, talk it up and publicize it, because your people might not know or notice unless you point it out.

2. Thou shalt make sure they feel they’re in on things. Solicit their opinions, brainstorm solutions to problems, tell them the whys of what’s required of them and never let the reason be, “Because I said so.”

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