Shortcuts to Boosting Employee Engagement and Performance

Whitepaper by Vicki Hess, MS, RN, CSP

How important is connecting with direct reports?

According to the report, Trends and Implications with Nursing Engagement, by PRC (2019), “nurses are more likely to be fully engaged if leadership is accessible, responsive to their needs, and viewed as trustworthy.” When looking at other engagement research, the same holds true for employees in all job roles.
Leaders report that they are struggling to make positive connections for 3 reasons.


  • Conflicting priorities eat up time.
  • It’s tough to logistically connect with team members.
  • Leaders are challenged about what to say to make the connections meaningful. Keep reading to learn easy to implement ideas for overcoming all 3 obstacles.
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