The only thing worse than an unengaged employee is an unengaged manager. Managers have the capacity to inspire teams, connect employees to the company’s larger vision and drive engagement through regular feedback, accountability and empowerment. Managers also have the ability to disengage employees, and research from Gallup shows managers account for 70 percent of variance in employee engagement.
However, engagement at all levels ultimately ladders up to the enterprise, and managers are more likely to build engaged teams if the managers themselves participate in a connected, interactive and modern goal management process. Performance management processes that leverage interactive goal setting software, promote transparency and focus on Objectives and Key Results are more likely to produce engaged managers than more outdated practices.
OKRs promote better communication and conversation throughout an organization and connect each employee’s goals throughout the enterprise. Managers can often feel stuck between executive teams and client-facing employees. At BetterWorks, we believe that by making goals visible to everyone and ensuring managers’ goals are aligned with enterprise goals, the result will be deeper engagement. OKRs empower managers to understand how their work impacts the business and aspire to achieve greatness in an organization. The result is greater motivation at all levels.
“Engagement at all levels ultimately ladders up to the enterprise.”
The Management Process Made Easier
In today’s work environment, managers are tasked with the responsibility of keeping their teams engaged. This is becoming increasingly important, especially since Gallup’s “State of the American Workplace” report showed 70 percent of U.S. workers are not engaged at work. When coupled with modern goal-setting platforms, OKRs also empower managers to have a positive impact on measuring employee engagement in the following ways:
- Easily share positive and constructive feedback with employees
- Play a more active role in their team’s performance reviews
- Optimize day-to-day activities to promote productivity
- Create a connected team
With OKRs and modern, collaborative goal setting software, managers will be equipped to improve employee engagement and increase their own satisfaction at work.