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What are some top opportunities to improve employee engagement?

Katie Ryan Fotiadis, MSHROD, CNP

July 16, 2021

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What are some top opportunities to improve employee engagement?

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There are several top opportunities you have to improve the engagement of employees. One is to provide them with career opportunities so they can advance in the organization as well as in their career. Support their professional development and growth. Hopefully, they grow with you and stick around. But even if they do not, even if they advance and go on somewhere else, support them in that process. They are more likely to stick with you if you do.

Recognition is another top way that you can improve the engagement of employees. In addition, your organizational reputation is very important. Make sure that it is a place that they are proud to tell people that they work because there is an excellent community reputation.

Performance management is important as well. The simplest way to get this across is don’t keep bad apples around because it kills morale. If you have people who are bringing things down and you accept unacceptable behavior, it sends a message to everybody else who is really trying to do well that to be excellent is not valued.

Work-life balance is hard in early childhood and in education. Do not work them to death. Get creative about how to get subs in or how to help and support one another. Give breaks and opportunities for relaxation and fun. Reach out to others who can help design some of those creative fixes. Teachers themselves might have some good ideas.

Pay is a hard one but just do your best. Even if you cannot make hourly pay better, find other ways and get creative about soothing that burn of low pay. It could be takeout food for staff to take home that a family or a community foundation offered to provide. Think about some ideas you may have around that. It may not be that you can make a drop in the bucket of their hourly pay or salary but maybe there is something else that can be done.

This Ask the Expert is an edited excerpt from the course, Appreciation & Recognition: Supporting Employee Engagementpresented by Katie Ryan Fotiadis, MSHROD, CNP.


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Katie Ryan Fotiadis, MSHROD, CNP

Katie Ryan Fotiadis is an Organizational Development and Learning Strategist at Intentional Learning & Development. Katie Ryan pairs her analytic and creative talents with a background in instructional design, eLearning, organizational effectiveness, facilitation, and data analysis.  As a strategist, she provides quality solutions for every project size.  A continuous learner and person enthusiastic to share what is learned, Katie Ryan wants to contribute to the success of an effective team and organization.  While working with diverse communities, she seeks opportunities to apply mindful approaches and engage clients in intentional problem solving and solutions.
 
Katie Ryan’s professional career spans more than 16 years and encompasses a multi-dimensional perspective with strategic and successful experiences that include: eLearning, instructional design, training and development, facilitation, organization change, performance, talent development, and leadership.  She has more than 10 years in Early Childhood Education & Administration, as well as has received recognition for both her professional and academic work. She serves on the Association for Talent Development Kentuckiana’s Board of Directors.  Katie Ryan Fotiadis is certified in nonprofit management and leadership and holds her Master’s degree in Human Resources and Organizational Development with dual concentrations in Workplace Learning and Performance and Leadership.


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