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A gift with no monetary value that results in engagement

A gift with no monetary value that results in engagement

Generosity is often associated with the giving of money or time. But it’s not limited to just those two acts. In a leadership context, generosity can be given in the way of allowing your reports to explore an idea where they would normally be restricted or giving someone the benefit of the doubt.

The perils of disengagement

According to research compiled by the Huffington Post, 83% of people feel their employment brand is absent of engagement. What this means is there are good, talented people working in your organization that are looking to leave for no other reason is they don’t feel connected. Losing, hiring and on boarding an employee is an expensive proposition and you lose all those valuable years of experience the former employee brought to your organization.

Generosity is the key to increasing engagement in the workplace. Being generous with your reports and colleagues will not only awaken their spirit for creativity and productivity but will encourage them. Disengaged employees feel like their work is unappreciated and that even if they do a good job their hard work will go unnoticed.

Change the tide

Being generous may not come as naturally as you think. Notre Dame researchers, Christian Smith and Hilary Davidson, found in their exhaustive research that while people are quick to describe themselves as generous, when pressed, the actual level of one’s generosity isn’t really that high.

Start your day by being mindful about your colleagues and reports. Is there a project you can seek their input on. Can you offer some constructive feedback and inspiration? Is there a particular task you often give input on at early steps? Why not invite whoever actually completes that task the ability to make decisions without seeking your help. Be generous with your trust and find the engagement you once had.

Ways you can be generous as a leader

  • Give all the information needed to complete a task
  • Giving permission to make mistakes
  • Being available for clarification and direction
  • Giving the authority that comes with responsibility
  • Giving credit where it’s due

Share your stories

What are some of the ways you show generosity? Have you found some simple ways to keep your employees engaged through generosity? Share your stories in the comments below.

Photo by Steve Koukoulas

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