Organizations are wise to look to learning and development as an effective lever to promote employee engagement, but more often than not they focus on the wrong set of leaders and on broad topics that sound loosely tied to engagement. If you want to make a real impact on employee engagement, provide your people managers with simple, concrete tools that can strengthen their ability to prioritize.

A clear list of priorities demonstrates to team members that the leader recognizes their time and energy are valuable. It reduces the likelihood of burnout and feeling disheartened that things aren’t being accomplished. It removes the anxiety and frustration that comes with unclear direction and energizes the team around a clear collective goal. It almost seems too simple, but the data clearly shows that when teams understand what needs to be accomplished and how they should spend their time, their engagement will skyrocket.