Magazine article Talent Development

The Importance of Being Known: Relationship Building and Employee Engagement Go Hand-in-Hand

Magazine article Talent Development

The Importance of Being Known: Relationship Building and Employee Engagement Go Hand-in-Hand

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Building trust and leading authentically are major tenets taught by the leadership industry today. Engagement also is a chief topic of interest for organizations that want to invest in their human capital while prospering their business.

The latest research from New Jersey-based consulting firm BlessingWhite reveals that these two areas are connected: As a manager, becoming known as a person is one of the biggest facilitators of engagement.

According to Fraser Marlow, head of research at BlessingWhite, "Too many managers are still hiding behind their titles. Through training and development, we can help them shed those insecurities and make better use of personal skills to engage in purposeful dialogue with team members. This builds the trust they need to partner with team members and start working individual engagement drivers such as career, clarity on work priorities, making use of--and developing--skills, and so forth."

The research also shows that managers often separate employee engagement from the organization's most critical work. However, one in 10 workers reports being disengaged because of a lack of challenging work, and one in four cites a lack of opportunities "to do what I do best" as her source of frustration. …

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