Michael P. Maslanka

  • Michael P. Maslanka
    Michael P. Maslanka is managing partner of the Dallas office of Constangy, Brooks & Smith. His e-mail address is mmaslanka@constangy.com. He is board certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He writes the “Work Matters” column for Texas Lawyer’s In-House Texas publication and records labor and employment podcasts that can be found at www.texaslawyer.com.

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October 15, 2012


180 Ways? As an exectutive, I have created a fully engaged workforce more than once.

I experienced managerial heaven if there is such a thing from having a highly motivated, highly committed workforce, fully engaged workforce with sky high morale and innovation literally loving to come to work and at least 300% more productive than when I took over.

There is only one way to accomplish this and it is to give employees what they want - to be respected and valued, and allowed to be proud of what they do. It is easy to do so. Just listen to what their concerns (complaints, suggestions, and questions) and respond to those to their satisfaction or better.

There are a few important guidelines to this, but I have stated the essence. If you are wedded to the top-down command and control approach, you have no chance of creating engagement since by its very nature top-down tends to demotivate and disengage employees. I would venture the guess that the 180 ways are all attempts to put lipstick on the top-down pig.

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