Employee Engagement Rants x 6
by David Zinger
What gets to you about employee engagement? Here are 6 things that are getting to me right now:
Let’s stop calling it employee engagement. It seems when we call it employee engagement that we blame employees for not being engaged, we are blind to the fact that leaders and managers are also employees, and employees feel that engagement is something done to them rather than something that enriches them. I will still use the term but in my mind I am thinking work engagement rather than employee engagement.
No more carrots, no more sticks, no more motivational tricks. There is not a magic panacea to engage people at work. Lets appreciate the complexity and diversity of work while engaging in personal and interpersonal action to foster authentic, real, and robust engagement.
Face the fear. Let’s get fear into the open to see how it actually operates and inhibits performance. If you don’t think fear influences engagement then I think you are wearing organizational or personal blinders. Fears range from negative judgments – to being fired – to more work if successful – to what if I fully engage but still don’t perform up to expectations, etc.
No more rules of engagement. I am tired of people writing rules of engagement. The rules of engagement are about war and work needs to stop being war and we need to stop telling people there are 5, 8 or 10 simple rules they must follow for successful engagement.
Social media is not THE answer. Yes, social media can be a good response to foster more engagement but people can also use social media to avoid work and become disengaged with people right in front of them. Social media is a powerful tool that can be engaging or disengaging. It is all about how we use this tool rather than the tool itself.
Engagement doesn’t measure up. Measurement can be useful in engagement but measurement does not equal engagement and we spend far too much money on measurement when we could make our measures simple while making our interventions robust.
How about you? What is your mini employee engagement rant? I encourge you to write a mini rant comment. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.