The ABC’s of keeping our people and teams engaged – Be Prepared and Have a Plan

Written by Michelle Mook on . Posted in Sunflower Diaries

be prepared Whether people are working from home or furloughed, they are still part of your team and it is key to continue to support them. We know from research, being part of a team is a key element to feeling engaged and motivated at work. Your main aim now is to ensure, when you come out the other side of this, you have a team who want to come back, that you have retained through these challenging times.

So bearing this in mind over the next few weeks we are sharing the ABC’s of keeping our people and teams engaged. We are providing a series of 5 blogs to ensure you and your team are motivated and raring to go when the time comes.

Authentic and Inspiring leadership

Be prepared – have a plan

Communicate and keep connected

Develop a strong and valued team

Embrace health and wellbeing

Be Prepared – Have a Plan

We know that creating a vision for the future is key to engagement but is currently challenging. However, if we are prepared and have short term plans, we can set a vision for now to help keep people focussed.

Hints and tips

• Create a compelling vision for “getting through this together”

• Encourage everyone to have a daily plan – what 3 things are they going to focus on today. This can be for furloughed workers too and is a good way to encourage them to focus on their plans for their day.

• Keep plans simple – as the saying goes, don’t try to eat the elephant! Achieving anything right now is a win for many people.

Our challenge to you

• Review your plan and consider if it covers the short-term nature of the current situation, if not, write a short-term goal.

• Ensure you and your managers have regular conversation with the team to set plans for the day.

• Celebrate achievement of the daily plan in a fun and engaging way– it might just keep you and your team motivated.

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