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Team spirit 'can help to create employee engagement'

25 July 2012

Managers who succeed in creating a strong team spirit among their employees will find that their workforce is more engaged as a result.

A report from the Institute for Employment Studies (IES) has found that teams who score highly on engagement tend to attribute these high scores to team spirit, with line managers seen as vital to creating this vibe.

Other findings from the research show that bosses can improve performance further by being forthcoming with praise, encouraging ideas, briefing workers on overall strategy and not being afraid to get stuck in when needed.

Report author Dilys Robinson, a principal research fellow at IES, said this is particularly vital at a time when political and executive leaders are developing a bad reputation.

She added: "Managers are human and can be forgiven for occasional lapses, as long as the employee feels they have been treated with courtesy and recognised as an individual."

Earlier this week, a survey from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development showed that only 36 per cent of workers trust their senior leaders at present, a lack of faith that has been driven by recent high-profile corporate scandals.

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Categories: Functional Practices, Human Resources

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