However, sustainability requires people to learn new steps, new ways of dancing. If we are just modifying and adapting, this new dance craze is never going to catch on!
The next phase in sustainability is surely to embed it into the core ‘DNA’ of organisations. But can this ever occur without the co-operation and support of all those with a stake in the organisation? Achieving real, meaningful and long-term engagement is perhaps the next big sustainability challenge.
To do so we need to gain a better understanding of the dynamics of successful employee engagement by learning to identify, modify and adapt our communication style to the needs of particular stakeholder groups.
You are invited to an ASP and Greengauges enquiry into how to make employee engagement really work. Using the metaphor “Dancing with Stakeholders” we will create a dynamic conversation covering the following topics
...to present the need to be sensitive to, and respectful of, differences in values, communication style and outlook when defining, building and implementing stakeholder engagement programmes.
We will use a model, “Values, Voice, Vision” (V3) to help explore this more deeply.
...to collectively explore the strengths and weaknesses of the model to better understand what really good engagement would look/feel like.
How do you get employers and employees engaged?
What are the most effective styles of communication – the appropriate Voices?
How do you create a vision? What tools/concepts do you use?
...to co-create the enquiry’s outcomes:
• What has been learnt about the principles and methods of employee engagement?
• What have we learnt about our own practice?
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