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Managers 'must improve visibility to engage staff'

26 July 2012

Business leaders have been reminded of the need to ensure they are visible and approachable if they wish to engage their workforce effectively.

A survey from the People 1st Training Company and ICM has shown that 31 per cent of the working public surveyed feel when their boss is more visible the company performs better, while 28 per cent feel better about their job if they see or hear from their manager regularly.

Despite this, 27 per cent of workers claim to have almost no interaction with the leader of the business, a figure that rises to 43 per cent among larger companies.

Sharon Glancy, director of the People 1st Training Company, said being a visible leader should not be about keeping tabs on workers, but should instead centre on providing a strong company vision and identity.

She added: "Online technology such as podcasts and webinars, as well as social media channels, offer a variety of ways for leaders to stay in touch with staff that can be light-touch but effective."

Earlier this week, a report from the Institute for Employment Studies showed that better employee engagement can be promoted through the creation of a strong team spirit.

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Categories: Functional Practices, Human Resources


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