Engaged employees are happy, more productive, and help businesses be successful.

That’s the consistent message from experts in the field, including David McLean and Daphne Woolf, two presenters at the Your Workplace Conference, Being Engaged at Work May 4-5, 2010.

McLean, Chief Talent Leader and CEO of GetKeepGrow, Inc., and Woolf, managing partner of the Collin Baer Group, Ltd., also agree that engagement is an individual proposition.

Plans for engaging employees need to be “detailed and specific and practical for the individual,” Woolf says.

“You can’t engage and retain the herd,” McLean says. “You have to work on the level of the individual.”

“It’s great what Gallup group did the Q12, because they identified 12 common things that are critical to employee engagement,” McLean says. The 12-statement employee engagement survey has people rate things such as “At work, I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day,” and, “I have a best friend at work”.

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Theresa Suart