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Engage - Employee Engagement Activities & Games

by Sharon Gazda

Itís logical to think that an engaged employee is a productive employee. But did you know that the ability to engage employees goes beyond just job satisfaction? Itís a competitive strategy. As MGM Hospitality President and CEO Gamal Aziz recently told Business Week, ďImagine taking 10,000 employees, and each and every one of them wanting to give more. That's really the difference between [us and] a company that has its employees just punching the clock and trying to get through the day."

Research proves it. Engaged employees are more satisfied, more productive, and less likely to leave. There are benefits for the organization in the marketplace as well. Gallup reports that engaged organizations have 3.9 times the growth rate of those with lower engagement within the same industry.

So what is the number one determining factor of employee engagement? The level of connection an employee has with his or her leader. Itís pretty simple: The stronger the connection, the higher the level of engagement.

The ENGAGE Card System a great way for managers to build those relationships and gain a competitive advantage. This is a new research-based training tool that offers an interactive, step-by-step framework which encourages the conversations that lead to employee engagement.


Level One: Foundation (approx. 10 Ė 15 minutes)
The employee is encouraged to discuss perceptions regarding the organization, mission, resources, and culture.
Level Two: Environment (approx. 15 minutes)
The employee is asked to share what is important in the work environment.
Level Three: Relationships (approx. 15 minutes)
The employee discusses how to best make connections and form relationships with the leader and others.
Level Four: Strengths (approx. 35 minutes)
The employee considers and discusses his/her unique workplace strengths.
Level Five: Reflection (approx. 10 Ė 15 minutes)
Both leader and employee reflect on what they learned through conversation and how to best incorporate and use the information moving forward.

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How it Works

The leader uses a series of open-ended questions that are contained within a sequential, five-level framework, each representing a different focus. Modules can be used in one sitting or broken up into two or more sessions.

The ENGAGE Card System provides leaders with Self-Assessment and Planning Sheets to prepare them for the exercise. It also includes Recap sheets that serve as a summary and action plan for both the leader and the employee as they complete each step.

Uses for ENGAGE

The ENGAGE Card System has many applications, including:

  • Mentoring
  • New employee orientation
  • Corporate transitions or re-organizations
  • Assignment of roles and responsibilities

Product Type



To assess and develop employee engagement

Time Required

2 hours

The founder and president of Edizen, a certified woman-owned consulting firm, Sharon Gazda is an accomplished professional with more than 20 years of experience in executive coaching, leadership training, human resources, and strategic planning. Her clients include organizations in the public and private sectors, such as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency, AT&T, and Turner Broadcasting.

Sharon holds a Bachelorís Degree in Sociology and a Masterís Degree in education. She is a graduate of the Coaching Training Institute (CTI) and has earned the designation of Professional Coach Certification (PCC) by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). In addition, she serves as a certified mediator and an adjunct professor at Elms College.

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