Engagement Currency: Do You Really Know Why Your Employees Work?

Engagement Currency: Why Do Your Employees Work?

Great leaders and managers know that to engage employees for maximum success they must get to know them. They find out why their employees work! They don’t assume the answer is money. They learn what makes the employees tick and turn that into relationship engagement currency.



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Engagement Currency: Why Do Your Employees Work?


On this Labor Day honoring workers, it’s appropriate to ask employees why they work. To go beyond the obvious answer, ask them …

  • What do you get out of work? What would you like to get out of work?

  • What inspires you in everyday life? How much does work currently inspire you? Their answers build up your engagement currency.

  • Beyond the paycheck, why do you work? Achievement? Growth? Self-fulfillment? Helping others? Living a purpose? Creating and innovating? Listen very carefully to their answers. It is a map to engaging them for maximum success. It is a guide to facilitating teamwork. It tells you what type of recognition and appreciation they want. It even shows you how to help them resolve conflicts and stay productive.

Don’t be one of those leaders or managers with no engagement currency. Ask your employees about their motivation for work. Gallup research reports that millennials and Gen X cite opportunities to learn and grow as a significant factor in their decision to work for you. Go even further than that. Find out why your employees work. Find out what inspires them.



Build engagement currency through listening, understanding, and relationships with your employees. Understand what makes them tick and you open a whole new dialogue of engagement and mega success for your business.



Why do you work? What do you get out of it?



From my professional experience to your success,
Kate Nasser, The People Skills Coach™

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2 Responses to “Engagement Currency: Do You Really Know Why Your Employees Work?”

  1. […] To go beyond the obvious answer, ask them …What do you get out of work? What would you like to get out of work?What inspires you in everyday life? How much does work currently inspire you? Their answers build up your engagement currency.Beyond the paycheck, why do you work? Achievement? Growth? Self-fulfillment? Helping others? Living a purpose? Creating and innovating? Listen very carefully to their answers. It is a map to engaging them for maximum success. It is a guide to facilitating teamwork. It tells you what type of recognition and appreciation they want. It even shows you how to help them resolve conflicts and stay productive.Don’t be one of those leaders or managers with no engagement currency. Ask your employees about their motivation for work. Gallup research reports that millennials and Gen X cite opportunities to learn and grow as a significant factor in their decision to work for you. Go even further than that. Find out why your employees work. Find out what inspires them.Ask your employees why they work & watch the engagement soar. #Leadership  […]

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