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But it doesn't have to be that way.
CEOs, managers, and "higher-ups"
need all the help they can get in order
to ensure that their staff is on the right
track, especially as businesses begin
to grow.
After all, everyone wants to lead
their team to success, and sometimes all it takes is a few fresh ideas
to help rejuvenate your employees
and increase their productivity to a
large degree.
Every once in a while, it helps to
have a cheat sheet on your side that
can help you to steer your team in the
right direction. There's no harm in
referring to the following  employee
engagement ideas from time to time,
as they can help to bring your team
together and encourage empowerment, engagement and improved
performance. They›re  also a great
way of how to motivate employees in
your organization.
Keep these ideas close by, and you'll
start seeing results in no time.
1. Encourage Employees to
Speak Up
It's common  for modern-day
employees go through the workweek
feeling uncomfortable with the concept
of speaking their minds. This discomfort can result for a number of reasons,
but the most important thing to focus
on is trying to break it down. When
people don't feel as if they can speak
up, they may be holding back valuable
ideas and solutions that could help to
push your organization forward.
If you want your employees to
feel comfortable speaking their
minds, you have to make it clear
that they can do so without fear of
criticism and judgement. Promote
and practice candor.
Keeping an "open-door" policy is
essential, and you can help to encourage your employees further by holding roundtable discussions in which

they can discuss anything that may
be on their minds at the moment. The
more you foster an open, safe space
for communication, the more likely it
is that your staff will bring great ideas
to the table.
2. Help Your Employees to Get to
Know Each Other Better
In larger organizations, many
employees go through their days without knowing their colleagues very well,
if at all. The bigger a company gets, the
more of a chance there will be a disconnect. As a manager, it's important to
place focus on helping your employees
to get to know each other better, and
there are a number of fun ways to go
about doing so.

Everyone wants to lead
their team to success,
and sometimes all it
takes is a few fresh
ideas to help rejuvenate
your employees and
increase their productivity
to a large degree.
You could play office games.
Just watch all of the seasons of
"The Office" and you'll get more takeaways than you'd get from reading
every employee engagement book on
the planet. 
But!!!
Perhaps more importantly ...
You should always be sure to allow
your staff to interact throughout the day
and outside of work without having
to worry about whether or not they're
being watched or judged. Conversations
related to business are surely important,
but that doesn't mean your staff doesn't
need a break every once in a while. To
be human is human.

3. Serve as a Mentor
When an employee begins to experience problems with engagement,
it's essential to step in as quickly as
possible so that things don't progress
further. Some managers simply don't
take the personal approach that is often
necessary for getting through to an
employee, and instead rely on canned
methods and techniques that will supposedly help to raise engagement levels. Unfortunately, these individuals
are taking the wrong route the vast
majority of the time.
Improving your  employee engagement model means serving as a mentor
for those who are facing issues, regardless of how busy you may be.
Offer your help. Drop what you're
doing and just help!
Setting aside just a bit of time to help
someone who is struggling in their job
can go quite a long way, and you can
always task other managers with taking the reigns if you truly don't have
the time to do it yourself. So long as
someone is mentoring the employee in
need, you can rest easy knowing that
no one is being left behind.
4. Only Reward Employees for a Job
Well Done
Some managers believe that one
of the best way to keep employees
engaged and performing well is to
reward them on a regular basis, even
if they're not performing up to par.
Unfortunately, carelessly dishing-out
rewards won't serve to do your business any favors and may even hurt
performance and engagement even
further. Instead, you've got to be quite
careful with how you utilize rewards.
Case in point ... if you reward your
dog every time he sits down, rolls over,
or fetches a stick he's going to get comfortable.  And when he gets comfortable, he poops on the floor. 
Rewarding employees is certainly
something that you should do from
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The MHEDA Journal - Third Quarter, 2017

Chairman’s Perspective
From the Desk of Liz Richards
Editor’s Note
2017 MHEDA University Calendar
Ask Your Board
MHEDA MEMBER PROFILE
@WORK
WOMEN IN INDUSTRY
INDUSTRY PULSE
BEST OF THE BEST
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY
CLARK MATERIAL HANDLING COMPANY
MHEDA WORKS WITH MSSC TO DEVELOP CERTIFIED FORKLIFT TECHNICIAN DESIGNATION PROGRAM
49 EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT IDEAS
2017 EMERGING LEADERS CONFERENCE
DOES YOUR LIFE PASS THE CREATIVITY & INNOVATION QUIZ?
GET CONNECTED, GET AHEAD
MHEDA Convention 2017 Recap
THE MASTER'S PROGRAM IN DEALER MANAGEMENT
KEEP/SELL/GROW-BUSINESS ANALYSIS
New Members
Spotlight on Association News
MHEDA Milestones
Index of Advertisers by Product Category
Index of Advertisers Chronologically
The Last Word
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The MHEDA Journal - Third Quarter, 2017 - From the Desk of Liz Richards
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The MHEDA Journal - Third Quarter, 2017 - Editor’s Note
The MHEDA Journal - Third Quarter, 2017 - 2017 MHEDA University Calendar
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The MHEDA Journal - Third Quarter, 2017 - MHEDA MEMBER PROFILE
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The MHEDA Journal - Third Quarter, 2017 - WOMEN IN INDUSTRY
The MHEDA Journal - Third Quarter, 2017 - INDUSTRY PULSE
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The MHEDA Journal - Third Quarter, 2017 - BEST OF THE BEST
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The MHEDA Journal - Third Quarter, 2017 - HAPPY ANNIVERSARY
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The MHEDA Journal - Third Quarter, 2017 - MHEDA WORKS WITH MSSC TO DEVELOP CERTIFIED FORKLIFT TECHNICIAN DESIGNATION PROGRAM
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The MHEDA Journal - Third Quarter, 2017 - Spotlight on Association News
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The MHEDA Journal - Third Quarter, 2017 - MHEDA Milestones
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The MHEDA Journal - Third Quarter, 2017 - Index of Advertisers by Product Category
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The MHEDA Journal - Third Quarter, 2017 - Index of Advertisers Chronologically
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