April Newsletter
Trends in Employee Engagement and Emotional Intelligence
As I began research for this month’s newsletter, I came across one of my old newsletters from 2007. In that newsletter I made reference to Ken Dychtwald’s book, Workforce Crisis, which had been published the previous year. In his book, Ken not only predicted the shortage of skills and talent in today’s workplace, he also wrote about setting strategies in motion to avert that workforce crisis which included, among other things, an entire chapter on “Meaningful Work and Engaged Workers”.   

Interestingly, there was no mention of Emotional Intelligence and its critical link to Employee Engagement in Ken’s book. That alone tells you how much the awareness of Emotional Intelligence has changed in the past 12 years and that is the first of two trends, the increasing awareness of Emotional Intelligence’s impact on Employee Engagement, I plan on covering in this month’s newsletter. 
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Ten Ways to Engage Employees
While we’re taking a trip down memory lane, here is the list from my 2007 newsletter on ten ways to foster employee engagement. While some have stood the test of time, in hindsight one or two of them might appear to be a bit naïve if not antiquated:
  1. Ask employees for suggestions. Let them comment anonymously through a suggestion box. Read employee suggestions regularly and implement any ideas the company can afford and that actually might work.
  2. Cross-train. This develops the skills of all employees. Disengaged workers may become excited about work again or they may take their new skills to a job that fits them better.
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Jim McKelvey
Great Lakes Profiles, Inc.

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