Talking Point: The Disney Institute Blog

Engage Your Employees, It’s Free.

April 09, 2013 by Jeff James, Vice President & General Manager, Disney Institute

Leaders know employees are less likely to put forth their best effort when they are only partially engaged. Great leadership comes when you are able to maximize your employee’s potential. And the best part? It doesn’t have to cost you a penny, and the rewards are priceless.

When it comes to engaging your employees, think “ARE.” Appreciate, respect, and encourage. Here are examples of how you can begin doing each:

A: Spend meaningful time with employees. Employees know how valuable your time is, so spending some of your time with them makes them feel valuable as well.

R: Recognize employees by name. Don’t underestimate the power of recognizing someone as an individual.

E: Catch them doing something right. Leaders are great at sighting shortcomings, providing feedback, and making adjustments. But it’s the positive reinforcement that comes from acknowledging good behaviors that fuels an individual’s self-confidence.

What type of recognition do you give or seek? Have you noticed its effects in yourself or others?

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