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Nov 12, 201210:46 AMLeader to Leader

with Terry Siebert

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs: An employee engagement perspective

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As managers, leaders and business owners, we often do not have control over levels 1 and 2. And as is noted above, these levels are not where engagement will typically take place anyway. Level 5 refers to an individual’s sense of personal satisfaction, which can only come from within. Therefore, the two areas that do have a direct impact on employee engagement are levels 3 and 4.

If an organization truly wants to score higher on its engagement surveys and nurture an environment where all employees bring a sense of ownership to their positions, here is the question that should be at the top of the list:

In what ways can we foster an even more engaged employee group by giving them a greater sense of belonging and importance?

At Dale Carnegie Training, we have used this question as a kick-start for brainstorming meetings with many clients. You can only imagine the number of ideas that are generated by this question. The challenge that people have after this initial exercise is to distill the hundreds of ideas down to actionable plans. And yes, that is a great challenge to have if you are building a team that will take your organization to an even higher level.

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