Have you ever had a great idea at work and had no way to funnel the idea to superiors? Have you ever seen senior or executive leadership walking around your work area and felt uncomfortable to talk to them? Leadership engagement is often overlooked; and is viewed as fear amongst most employees. Instead of speaking up, feelings of anxiety and not want to be seen or called on by leadership. The truth is leadership is there to help. I would like to challenge you to engage and be truthful with this leadership team. This team is rounding in attempt to gain a better understanding and knowledge of what is happening within their organization. They may be looking for process improvements, culture, productivity, etc. Most leaders understand and will not interrupt a busy employee. They will focus on the ones who appear to have a moment to speak with them. If a leader approaches and asks the question “Do you have a moment?” engage with them if it does not interfere with workflow. If it does, it is acceptable to tell them currently you do not however at a certain time you will.
A culture shift has started in many of our organizations. This includes leadership engagement. No longer is there a “hands-off” leader, but a more engaged and knowledge seeking style of leadership. Leaders want to be more engaged and to be seen as a way to leverage change within the organization. The intent of the leadership team is to help guide the organization and be utilized for their abilities to drive change. Organizations are now looking for servant leadership or a leader who serves their employees. The concept of fearing a title should be extinguished; thus allowing a more conducive and harmonious working environment. The momentum leaders get by utilizing their field/ ground assets helps aid in better business decisions. Employees who work smarter, reduce overall burn out, leading to a better end product for the client.
Reducing employee burnout, while increasing participation creates happiness in work and ultimately reduce turnover rates. Less turnover the quality of a product is better and allows for subject matter experts in each field to grow. Currently, not all leadership is on this page, it will take time and effort from all to see a complete transformation inside of an organization. Empower yourself and be the odd one to engage in conversations to help speak up. Work with leadership for continuous process improvement. With engaged leadership and employees, tasks will ultimately be completed more efficient and harmoniously while creating a higher quality of product.
by Adam Meister, Section Chair