Clarifying Expectations: Discovering the Secret to Greater Employee

Clarifying Expectations:
Discovering the Secret to Greater
Employee Trust and Engagement
Presented By
George Hendley
Director of Organizational Development
Welcome & Introduction
The Law of Expectations- a subset
of the Law of Belief
Whatever you expect with confidence
(or fear) will have a tendency to
materialize in your life.
“Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he
shall never be disappointed.” Jonathan Swift
How have your expectations brought or directed you to
this conference?
How have your expectations brought or directed you to
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Welcome & Introduction
All of your Expectations are either
– Spoken or Unspoken
– Met or Unmet
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Getting Started Together
What are your expectations for this
session? Realistic? Achievable?
Have you spoken them to anyone?
Are they met or unmet? (so far…)
Can you adjust your expectations?
I want to make this session a ‘Good Trade’
for you.
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Meeting Your New Friends
In Pairs or Three’s discuss the following questions
What were your expectations?
– When you were entering a new job (or taking a new role)
– When you were getting a new manager
Did you tell anyone? Did anyone ask you?
Was your expectation met or unmet?
How did you feel when the expectation was not met?
Did your trust decline in any way when your
expectation(s) was not met?
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Learning Objectives-
(My Expectations for our Session)
You’ll discover
– Why clarifying and communicating work
expectations is imperative to maintaining trust
and engagement
– The high cost of disengagement or a lost
– The valuable link between work expectations
and high productivity*
– A retention process that supports your business
*The story of Jaime Escalante at Garfield High School, East Los Angeles
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A New ‘Engaged’ Model
“The companies that are
most likely to succeed are
the ones that spend the
most energy on attracting,
developing, and retaining
talent.” —Charles Fishman
(Fast Company)
Work expectations set
the stage for a
connection to success!
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Defining a New
‘Engaged’ Model
Work expectations are those things
you consider likely to happen in your job
situation, now or in the future.
Whether spoken or unspoken, your
expectations are the KEY drivers of
your attitudes, impacting your thoughts,
feelings and behaviors. Your TRUST!
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A New ‘Engaged’ Model
Your attitudes, in turn,
influence your
engagement and job
Work Expectations are
strongly linked to
employee engagement.
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A New ‘Engaged’ Model
Research shows that people who
have clearly defined, wellcommunicated expectations
find more satisfaction and
success (i.e. engagement) in
their work than those whose
expectations remain unspoken
or unrealized.
But here’s our problem today…
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Research published in
2009 shows
– The number of
employees showing high
levels of discretionary
effort has dropped by
half and disengaged
employees are 24% less
likely to quit than they
were in 2006. (you’re
stuck with them!  )
What causes you to
disengage or become
disenchanted with
your work? RSG Health Services-Clarifying Expectations
Recent study reports that
only 1 in 5 (20%) employees
are giving full effort on the
job and nearly 40% are
disenchanted or
The underlying factor for disengagement is the deep
and growing distrust that American workers have
toward their leadership and the company they work for.
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Disengagement and Distrust
“Mistrust doubles the cost of doing business.”
John Whitney
“Our distrust is very expensive.”
Waldo Emerson
“You can’t have success without trust.”
Jim Burke
Only 36% of employees believe their
leaders act with honesty and integrity
Only 51% of employees have trust and
confidence in senior management
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If you don’t have trust
will you truly engage
with your leadership or
your company’s
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The Ultimate Disengagement
At France Telecom
Since the beginning of 2008, 24 employees
have committed suicide and an additional 13
have attempted it.
Many of these victims left suicide notes
implying the company’s working environment
was a key factor in their decisions- one even
explicitly cited ‘overwork, stress, absence of
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Counting the Cost$
The average costs for replacing an
employee is between 29-46 % of their
yearly salary
Turnover costs the average organization
many millions of $$ each year.
Almost half of American companies have no
formal strategy for addressing retention and
even less for improving engagement
What is that costing them every year?
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Why Employees Leave
Top 5 Factors affecting their decision
1. Quality of relationship with supervisor or
manager (tied to communication and trust)
2. Ability to balance work and home life
3. Amount of meaningful work
4. Level of cooperation with coworkers
5. Level of TRUST in the workplace
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But there is hope…
Studies also indicate that
– The kind of work culture and reputation a
company creates play a significant role in
shaping employees’ level of engagement and
behavior. Think Southwest Airlines and the
culture they have developed. The $$ impact?
– Also, employees report that they want to give
more but also want to see a clear and
measurable return for their effort.
The question: Is there a proven model
and where do you start?
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A New ‘Engaged’ Model
10 Vital Expectations tied to Workplace Engagement
Career Growth
THE QUESTION: How do you measure the
importance of each one and whether or not it is
being met?
The Answer is...
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Drum roll please…
The Answer…
Work Expectations
Explore 10 work
expectations that impact
today’s employment
relationships and
employee engagement
Together let’s explore
this tool and see what it
does .
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Workspace (Environment)
How does it Work?
First we measure
how important an
expectation is.
High, medium or
Then we discover
whether it is met
or unmet and if it
has been spoken
or unspoken.
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The Needs Met…are many
Improves Engagement and Trust by:
Opening communication lines
Reduces conflict and misunderstanding
Brings unspoken needs/expectations into
the open for awareness and discussion
Develops Self Awareness (EI trait)
Develops Others Awareness (EI trait)
And more…
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Work Expectations Preview
An opportunity to look at 3 of the 10
areas of Work Expectations focus
Select the number from 1 to 5 that
indicates how important or
unimportant each statement is in
relation to your work situation
Total the numbers in each column and
circle the corresponding range of
numbers in the box at the bottom
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What Does It Mean?
 Balance: A focus on both personal and
professional goals and a desire for
coworkers and supervisors to understand
the importance of all of ones commitments.
 Expression: A desire for a work
environment that allows people to be
 Recognition: A desire for a work
environment where work is acknowledged
and rewarded.
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Taking Action to Meet
Focus – What do you expect?
Reflect – How well are your
expectations on each factor being met?
Act – Where do you want to go?
Communicate your expectations
Initiate by taking steps to get your
expectations met
Adjust – Can you live with the situation as
it is?
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Applying Your Knowledge:
Four Case Studies
Is the expectation spoken or unspoken?
Is it met or unmet?
How might the situation be affecting the
employees attitude?
How might this situation be affecting the
What might the employee do to improve
the situation?
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Your Applications for
Work Expectations are Many
Engagement and Retention
 Coaching & Counseling
 Manager & Employee Relations
 Conflict Resolution
 New Supervisor Training
 Diversity Issues
 AND More!
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The Trust Reality
“…trust has a bottom
line impact on results
and when trust goes up,
speed goes up while
costs come down. This
principle applies…with
customers, partners and
team members…” Kevin
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The Old and New Reality
Old Reality
“What you see is what you get.” Flip Wilson
New Reality
“What you expect and clarify IS what you get.”
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You now have a new development
and retention solution with a
simple process and a proven tool=
Work Expectations Profile
You have recognized how this new tool
and process is connected to trust and
“The world is composed of what we think it is; what
we expect tends to happen.”
John Updike
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Where to Get More
George Hendley
RSG Health Services
[email protected]
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Thank You!
We look forward to connecting with you and
learning about your needs and expectations.
How can we serve you better so you in turn can
serve the needs of others?
Has this been a ‘good trade’ for you?
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