Inspire Your Employees with Engagement

The office should be a place of inspiration and involvement. Do you have a guy in the back corner whose desk no one bothers to stop by for a daily hello or company update? That’s bad news—because if you don’t care, neither will he. Get him out of the corner and into the center of the business and its core purpose. A valued employee and the effects of his confidence will trickle down to valued (aka satisfied) customers—that encouragement, that engagement, will put you ahead in the competitive game.

Engaging the Hearts and Minds of All Your Employees: How to Ignite Passionate Performance for Better Business Results (McGraw-Hill, 2009), by Dr. Lee J. Colan, explores the basic needs of employees, how their hearts and minds are interdependent, and how meeting those needs will result in paramount performance. For example, to engage the hearts of your employees, you’ll need to fulfill all three of the emotional needs. And the same is true to engage their minds; you’ll need to fulfill all of their intellectual needs.

Dr. Colan says, “Engaged minds build employee performance, and engaged hearts ignite employees’ passion.”

According to Dr. Colan, there are 6 basic needs of employees:


1. Purpose

2. Intimacy

3. Appreciation


4. Achievement

5. Autonomy

6. Mastery

Knowing what employees need to implement their natural skills and achieve the best outcomes in their work, you can transform the work environment from work to inspiration station (cheesy, but true). It’s simple: Engagement will inspire, and inspiration produces passion, innovation and success.

Now, go get that guy out of the corner.

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Jessica Krampe is the digital managing editor for A graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism, Jessica has worked for news, entertainment, business and lifestyle publications. Outside of the daily grind, she enjoys happy hours, live music and traveling.

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