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In attempting to figure
out why an employee
is showing signs of
disengagement, it often
comes down to them
not feeling as if they
ever get the chance
to make important
decisions. You can't
always give up control
when it comes to
making decisions that
could change the path
of your organization,
but there are certain
scenarios where doing
so might actually be to
your benefit.
hold a roundtable discussion and
invite your whole staff to attend.
What you end up with at the end of
the day could be as simple as a list of
concepts or ideas, but it could also be
as robust and detailed as a collection
of design comps. Your creative team
should, of course, be the ones who are
leading the discussion, but it's important to open things up to your whole
staff in terms of sourcing ideas for
shapes, colors, fonts and everything
in between.

46. Let Your Employees
Make Inexpensive
Executive Decisions
In attempting to figure out why an
employee is showing signs of disengagement, it often comes down to
them not feeling as if they ever get the
chance to make important decisions.
You can't always give up control when
it comes to making decisions that
could change the path of your organization, but there are certain scenarios
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where doing so might actually be to
your benefit.
If there is a necessary decision
looming and you have a staff member who has been working closely
with you on a given project, you may
want to allow them to have the final
say in what happens. The benefits
this  can  have on engagement levels
can be astronomical, and there's
a very good chance  that the decision could lead  your business in a
forward direction.
Note that this route should
only  be  taken if the decision won't
potentially end up being costly-
anything under $500 should be considered safe.

47. Get Rid of Set
Holidays and Add Them
into Vacation Time
Everyone wants to have as much
control over their work schedule as
they can, and this is sometimes easier
said than done when they have to
deal with a calendar that includes set
paid days off.
Holidays can be something to look
forward to, but there are other ways
to structure the year that may actually
benefit both you and your employees more fully, and one of the most
effective is to get rid of set holidays
altogether.
When you get rid of set holidays,
you can effectively add that time to
your staff's vacation time, allowing
them to completely structure how
they'd like to make the best usage of
their time off.
Seeing how this can be somewhat
of a radical shift, you'd have to work
out the legal issues (I'm sure there
are some), and you'll want to ensure
that everyone knows exactly how the
new system for taking time off works,
stressing that it's actually to the benefit of everyone in the organization.

48. Schedule a Monthly
Art Class
Visual art is the kind of thing that
everyone can gain something from,

even if they don't consider themselves
to be an artist. Most of the time, those
who don't identify as having talent in
visual art simply need a little push in
the right direction, and a little bit of
coaching is never a bad idea. If you
want to foster a more artistic, engaged
staff, then you may want to schedule
a monthly art class.
Each month, set aside a workday in
which either the whole or part of the
afternoon will be devoted to bringing in a private instructor that can
teach your staff how to paint, draw,
or embrace another visual medium
for creativity. You can focus on a new
medium each month, for example,
which is a great, low-stress way to
encourage creativity without losing
any aspects of fun in the process. Just
be sure you choose the right instructor, and don't hesitate to shop around
to find someone who can accommodate your budget.

49. Hold a "Birthday
Breakfast" with the CEO
There's nothing more important for
an employee than knowing that the
CEO actually cares.
In larger organizations, however,
it's common for people to lose sight
of this, which often leads to dissention and a lack of engagement.
Keeping CEOs and their employees
connected whenever possible is essential to improving levels of engagement
within your organization.
Each month, hold a "birthday breakfast" with the CEO and everyone who
shares a birthday in that month. This
is a great way for CEOs and their
employees to get to know each other
on a more personal basis, but it also
gives people the opportunity to ask
questions should there be something
they've wanted to bring up for a while.
The transparency that comes along
with an informal breakfast or luncheon simply can't be beat.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The MHEDA Journal - Fourth Quarter, 2017

Chairman’s Perspective
From the Desk of Liz Richards
Editor’s Note
Ask A MHEDANET GROUP
Women in Industry Conference
MHEDA MEMBER PROFILE
@WORK
WOMEN IN INDUSTRY
INDUSTRY PULSE
2018 CRITICAL IMPACT FACTORS
DEFINING MHEDA’S 2018 CRITICAL IMPACT FACTORS
SALES SUCCESS STORIES
ESOP ROUND TABLE
FROM CHARASMATIC PERSUADER TO KNOWLEDGE BROKER: THE EVOLVING WORLD OF SALES
49 EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT IDEAS
DO UNTO OTHERS AS THEY WANT TO BE DONE UNTO
THE PRESIDENT’S EXECUTIVE ORDER 13789 AND ITS FUTURE EFFECT ON THE TAX CODE
New Members
Spotlight on Association News
MHEDA Milestones
Index to Advertisers by Product Category
Index to Advertisers by Alphabetical Order
The Last Word
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The MHEDA Journal - Fourth Quarter, 2017 - Index to Advertisers by Product Category
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