IT Management Slideshow: 10 Ways to Engage Your Workers

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 06-20-2011

10 Ways to Engage Your Workers

Hire leaders first, IT whiz kids second.Tech skills can be learned. Growing as a leader, however, will take longer if the basic human qualities aren't there.

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Recruit support from the three of 10 employees who are engaged.This way, they'll provide direction for remaining workers who are on the fence.

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Get your managers to buy into change.Their teams will take a cue from the way they respond to unexpected shifts.

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Dispense with generational stereotypes.All Gen Yers aren't over-entitled children. All Boomers aren't burnt-out employees attempting to hang on. Discover value within individuals.

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Work with employees to enable them to set their own expectations.They'll have a better chance of succeeding if they've designed their own performance standards.

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Present challenges as something to run toward, not from.Establish the "what's in it for them" factor to transform a potential headache into a positive point of focus.

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Eliminate the whine festsInstead of letting them come to your office to complain about a project, require employees to present three possible solutions for every problem.

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Document large victories.The best way to avoid re-inventing success is to document how your teams got it done the first time.

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Celebrate even small victories.Minor wins among your teams need to be recognized to inspire them.

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Be fair.This doesn't mean everyone gets paid the same. It means reward systems are clearly defined and equitable - equal bonuses and benefits exist for meeting equal objectives.

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