Front-Line Management 101: Fostering Talent Engagement

Talent Engagement is maximizing your employees’ talent, skills, or abilities (what they love to do) for the good of the company—and as a result, for themselves.

Quick! Tell me three tasks or responsibilities in your current job description that you actually do on a regular basis. Most of us frequently find we regularly deviate from our job description— whether we want to or not.

But what if you could go beyond your job description and do more things you really enjoy doing? Perhaps you’re an HR business partner (HRBP), but you really enjoy getting in front of clients to talk about your services. Or you’re a trainer who enjoys computer coding.

Talent Engagement is maximizing your employees’ talent, skills, or abilities (what they love to do) for the good of the company—and as a result, for themselves. It’s been found that employees are 27% more engaged if they find something in their job they enjoy doing—something that is beyond their job description.

So ask your employees to identify their strengths that they don’t get to use but would like to. Then find ways (together) to support them. Once, when working in Operations, my manager gave me the chance to develop a five-session training on leadership. I loved it!

For yourself, figure out how you can use your talents to support your company and talk to your direct manager about incorporating them into your current job. Take a chance. You may be surprised!

For more real-time concepts and tools, visit: https://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Job-Description-Ashley-Lesko/dp/1586445170/

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