Spring Into the Evolution of Employee Engagement

2014-03-31 Spring BLOGSpring is here! The transformation from dreary brown and grey to vibrant green is underway and the sights and scents of new life fill the air more and more each day. It’s an awe-inspiring transformation that never fails to amaze.

There are so many similarities between nature’s ability to flourish and organizational flourish. And we can learn so much from nature’s evolution from winter to spring. That transformation from dormancy and preparation to new life is an alignment of right conditions and elements. It is the ultimate example of cooperation and convergence of what’s needed for the tangible changes we see. Your organization can experience that same transformation. But only when you align from within to mimic the harmonious ecosystem of nature.

There’s a science to it all. And if you’ve tried all the programs touting increased employee engagement, but haven’t yet experienced the flourish of spring, I invite you to explore the science of organizational alignment.

Think of your company as it relates to nature. Leaders and managers create the environment within their organization, but they often don’t understand the true nature of their employees and what is required for them to flourish. Employees are like seeds in early spring. Whether those seeds transform into fully formed plants and thrive, and whether workers grow into fully engaged employees, depends on where you plant them, and whether the right cultural conditions are present.

Seeds and Soil –

Your team needs a warm, nutrient-rich environment for energy and growth – and to achieve their goals.

When your cultural “soil” contains the rich nutrients of meaningful work, the opportunity to use their strengths, knowing expectations, trust in management and leaders, understanding what is required to achieve the company’s vision and goals, and honest communication, each member of your team will emerge strong and vibrant, reaching for the sky with their discretionary effort.

In other words, employees will grow healthy and strong where they are planted when you provide what they need to flourish. When you align, rather than assign, your team becomes a powerful, productive, and awe-inspiring force of nature. 

Temperature –

Neither nature nor organizations can flourish in extreme “temperatures.” The extreme heat of simmering conflict can cause discretionary efforts to wither on the vine. Likewise, the extreme cold of an organization, where respect and understanding aren’t promoted, can inhibit growth and damage efforts that had the potential to bloom.

Light –

Light signifies open communication and a culture of vulnerability and trust. Employees must feel free to come into the light with their weaknesses. They must feel they can be honest and admit what they don’t know or understand. They also need to understand the weaknesses of their teammates. And each one needs to know the team has their back. Combined with always being clear about your “why” and your “what”, the light of open communication and a culture of vulnerability will create a healthy environment where everybody shines.

When these conditions are present, you balance that harmonious ecosystem for your teams – unlocking emotional commitment and activating discretionary effort. When we understand the true nature of our people and the natural structure of what they require to flourish where they’re planted within the organization, we can make better decisions that get us
where we want to go.

So, what are conditions like where you are? Are you creating a harmonious cultural ecosystem? Does your organization have what’s required for your team to flourish? Take the Flourish Factor quiz now and find out.

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