Why “Employee Engagement” Sometimes Makes Me Want to Plug My Ears
There are times when I hear the term employee engagement and just want to add the words, “blah, blah, blah!”
Here is reason number one of five. The other four will follow in additional posts.
1-Employee engagement has become a buzzword with no meaning in some workplaces. What some managers really mean, is that they are engaged in theoretical discussions. They seem to think that if they loudly declare that their whole workforce is engaged, even if few people are, they will be considered a great place to work.
It’s common knowledge that engaged employees are more productive, but it is also all too common for organizations to have no idea what that looks like in terms of organizational and employee behavior.
There is also an assumption that increasing diversity increases engagement. It’s not about the numbers, it’s the culture and what you do with the people.