It's no secret that, as a business owner, your venture is your baby. It's needy, it's frightening, and you're completely devoted to it. If only you could make your employees feel the same way. Well, at least the devotion part.
The first step to getting employees pumped about the company's direction is to examine what employee engagement is. Peter Stark, a management consultant and the author of Engaged! How Leaders Build Organizations Where Employees Love to Come to Work, defines it as a state in which, "employees are connected both at the head and the heart and they are willing to give what I call discretionary effort, meaning willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done." A lack of employee engagement can manifest in the form of poor customer service, low morale, and missed business opportunities.
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