One of the best ways that managers can engage their employees is by asking for their full participation. Participation does not mean inviting your employees to sit through meetings or attend team building events. Participation in this sense means inviting your employees to share their ideas and opinions on how they can contribute to achieving results. It means inviting employees to share their ideas and opinions on initiatives, problems, solutions, etc.
Many managers don’t see the connection between participation and engagement. These managers frequently end up telling their employees instead of engaging them in two-way dialogue to give them an opportunity to be heard.
Bottom line — if participation leads to engagement and engagement leads to more productive employees, all managers should be focused on encouraging full participation for their team.
If you’re still not sold, check out this great article from the Globe and Mail called Engaged Employees Can Drive Revenue.