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Get engaged with your employees on Valentine's Day

Successful employee engagement isn't normally met with hugs, kisses, cheers and the popping of champagne corks. But with one in ten of all marriage proposals taking place on Valentine's Day - the most popular day of the year to drop down on one knee and ask the big question - offices across the land may well soon have their own 'employee engagement' to celebrate.

Managers may welcome some heart-warming news in the present economic cycle, but could they also draw on the language of love to boost real levels of employee engagement in the workplace?

Cupids among us could argue that there's more than a passing flirtation between the two. Trust and good communication are the foundation stones of employee engagement, just as they are in a flourishing relationship. Managers need regularly to communicate their vision of the future and give employees voice by listening and responding to their ideas, opinions and concerns.

Lovers implicitly trust each other when they fall in love. Managers - who in all likelihood have to deal with people who aren't remotely in love with them - could well have a harder job: winning the trust of their staff by showing integrity and leading by example.

Managers do have one thing easier -  if they successfully engage employees then they won't have to fork out £15 - £25k on a wedding, which is the average cost of getting hitched. Better still, research shows that their companies could stand to make twice the annual profit and two-and-a-half times the revenue growth of organisations with low employee engagement scores.

Acas offers detailed advice to improve levels of employee engagement in your organisation in the Advisory booklet - The People Factor - engage your employees for business success. Acas also runs practical training courses in Staff retention and Skills for supervisors to equip managers with everything they need to engage and motivate staff.

Visit the Acas Training and Business Solutions area for more information.

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