(Every Friday, I am honored and delighted to turn this space over to Mr. Engagement, one of the world’s leading authorities when it comes to Engagement and its related intangibles. I hope you enjoy his contributions to the conversation. JG)
Dear Mr. Engagement:
We take employee engagement seriously at Magnum Opus, and I would like to share what I think is a wonderful idea that our leadership team has come up with.
The entrance to our building is a lovely archway enveloping a set of double doors. We are having a sign made that will go over that entrance. The sign will read:
THROUGH THESE DOUBLE DOORS PASS THE MOST AMAZINGLY EXCELLENT PEOPLE IN ALL OF THIS WORLDWIDE INDUSTRY!!
So when our employees arrive at work each day, they will know how important we think they are to the business. And even though I know we’re in a competitive world, I feel compelled to share this great idea with all of your readers out there.
Thad Tillotsen, CEO, Magnum Opus, Inc.
Dear Mr. Tillotsen:
May I suggest a slight modification to your plans? Rather than having a sign created, why not have individual removable letters? That way you could change up the message you’re sending your employees on a rotating basis. You might have your original message—the one about the double doors—for the first week. But you could then move the letters around and have messages like these...at no incremental cost!!
COME INSIDE AND SEE HEADS EXPLODE!!
THE COST OF THESE LETTERS DINGED THE BONUS POOL!!
...and my favorite...
OUR LEADERS DO NOT WEAR PANTS!!
Yes, there’s nothing quite like attempting to reduce the task of ensuring that employees are engaged like a sticking a sign above an entrance—notwithstanding just how lovely that archway might be—containing a motivational message that approaches a Mr. Rogers level of banality and/or insipidness.
Yours in Othership,