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How to Re-engage a disengaged team (member)

How to Re-engage a disengaged team (member) - Steve Barker - RAW Leadership

During my research into Leadership and the impact that Leadership has on businesses, teams, individuals, culture and communities I came across this survey - (Source is in the link at the end of this post)

According to the Gartner HR survey (SYDNEY, Australia, February 14, 2024 ), while engagement levels remained steady in 2023, less than one-quarter (24.3%) of Australian employees consider themselves to be ‘highly’ engaged. Most (73.9%) state they are only ‘somewhat’ engaged.

“Organisations need to be aware that traditional retention strategies won’t work in the current environment,” said Woolrich. “Leaders need to balance pay discussions with effective non-compensation EVP (Employee Value Proposition) components, such as respect, manager quality and career progression to retain employees.”

Woolrich added, “Employers also need to think about the whole person, not just the employee, as they customise their EVP. It’s essential to understand what employees need and want from their role. An agile approach that provides a rich portfolio of experiences, support and opportunities will be key to maximising productivity and engagement.”

This very much aligns with what I am seeing in my deeper research, and in the teams and workplaces that I am engaging with, as well as the Leaders that I am talking too who are currently helping me complete my research paper into the state of Leadership in Regional NSW (I am always seeking more Leaders to help me with this research - if you are interested).

The "Leadership Revolution" is now in full swing as Leaders are realising that they are the sole reason why people either leave or stay in their businesses or organisations and the ripple effects that has on productivity and profit.

Yes, the SOLE reason - because everything rises and falls on the quality and skills of the Leaders within a team, business, community or organisation.

I have heard arguments about salaries, peoples behaviours etc. However, the point is, when you have well trained Leaders, who are fluent in the "soft skills" have the "emotional intelligence" to be agile, flexible, compassionate and most importantly, can connect. Then you will find that the team is highly functional.

The scary thing is that currently, we have a lot, and I mean A LOT of Leaders who believe they have these skills, who think they know how to Lead, but are at best incompetent in their approach.

Why is this?

Because they have never had any formal Leadership training, coaching or mentoring. They have literally learnt "on the fly" from the Leaders they have had around them. And let's be honest, the Leaders over the past few decades have all come from the "industrial" "command and control" "carrot and stick" school of Leadership, which is what started the "Leadership Revolution" in the first place.

Soft skills are learnable, they can be taught, and when they are taught well... when they are taught with frameworks, real life examples, implementable strategies and when taught by an expert... and when those teachings come with full support, implementation coaching and mentoring. Not just a 3 day Leadership program in one of the Metro centres, where the attendees come back full of great ideas, and then in 3 months time, everything has defaulted back to "as it was".

The great trainers in these areas will also have measurable statistics of the impact and improvement that their training has had on the business. They are able to provide you with the statistics and proof of improvement in the business and the level of confidence in the individual Leaders.

Make sure you ask, see and discuss these with your next training provider, or you are just wasting money and blowing sunshine up your own arse, saying to yourself (as the business owner or team Leader) "yes, I provide Leadership training for my team" - Yes you are, but it is next to useless and wasting money, time and resources.

So, for employees to feel more stable and enriched in their workplace, you will need, WELL TRAINED Leaders who are able to connect, understand and recognise the needs of the employee, and most importantly - create strategies and goals around how that employee can have these needs met, which will in turn create stability, sustainability and maximise profit, bottom line and growth within your business.

Train your Leaders properly, give them the skills to unpack Human Behaviour, to decode the humans in their teams. To see them as Humans "Being" rather than Humans "Doing".

Do this and you will see the 73.9% of team members move from somewhat engaged, to totally engaged, and you will reap the benefits.

Here is the source of my research for this article:


RAW Leadership

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