What does engagement in the workplace mean

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This is surprising: For committed people, it hardly matters which leadership style the boss has. What freedom he allows, whether he gives regular feedback, whether he is stimulating and inspiring or whether he just gives instructions - none of this is so important for employees when it comes to whether they are committed or not.

After all, some studies attach importance to the relationship between employees and their superiors. It is therefore important that the supervisor shows the following behavior:

  • He makes clear statements.
  • He's fair.
  • He sees good performance and expresses his appreciation for it (praise!).

This is how the employee recognizes that he is his supervisor trust can and that he can rely on his statements. That creates security, which is an important prerequisite for his commitment. In addition, the supervisor always plays an important role when it comes to conveying the meaning of the task and showing the connections: Which higher-level processes does the task belong to? What strategies are being pursued with it? Which corporate goals are achieved with it? How can this be used to meet customer requirements? The manager has to make this visible.

Christian points out that it is also very important that the requirements that a boss places on his employee match his skills. Anyone who feels overwhelmed or under-challenged will slow down their commitment. The same applies to the personal needs that an employee has and the rewards they receive. Both must also go together.

And there is another thing managers can do: hire the right employees. Since their attitude to work and colleagues is particularly important, conscientious, active and positive-thinking employees should be given preference.