Archives for August 2009
I have always appreciated the philosophical perspectives of Alan Watts. One of my favorite quotations of all times is: If you make where you are going more important than where you are, there may be no point in going.
I encourage you to view this short video on Alan Watts. It is about the music and life of working with animation illustrating a recording of Alan Watts.
Mistakes were made
As they always are
Yet here is where the big mistake
May take place.
What do we do?
Make no mistake.
There will be mistakes.
Let’s just not make two in a row.
The Employee Engagement Network is now over 1400 members! We are a growing force in the field of employee engagement. I believe we are moving from a network to a strong community that will result in a worldwide movement to enhance, foster, and improve employee engagement for the benefit of all.
We have tons of videos, 2 cartoons a week, lots of blog posts, and hundreds of discussion forums on the topic.
Here are some of our most frequent discussions:
In one sentence only, write the best employee engagement advice you would give to an organization.
What makes an organization happy??? 68 Replies
hi friends I just would like to initiate a discussion on the constituents of making an organisation a happy org. In my view EE is one such effort which could enhance employee satisfaction, so Emplo…
How to inspire trust after major layoffs? 35 Replies
A CEO friend has layed off more than half the employees in his company over four different RIFs over 6 months. Now he wonders what is the best way to re-engage his management team and inspire trust…
How to measure employee engagement 33 Replies
I have been reviewing the literature on employee engagement and have not found any information about how the researchers…Towers Perrin, Gallup, Blessing White…actually measure and analyze engag…
Why do people become engaged at work? 30 Replies
I just read a book, The Talent Powered Organization, in which the authors (Peter Cheese, Robert Thomas, and Elizabeth Craig) identify drivers of engagement that (for “catchiness”) they refer to as …
Beyond Passion – What REALLY motivates? 27 Replies
The discussion Rocky started about passion got me thinking. What motivates people to accomplish anything? In my own life, I drove myself to achieve some status as a competitive bodybuilder because…
Can engagement and cost control co-exist? 24 Replies
Like many of you, I’m in an organization where cost pressure is the current focus of the day. I see many leaders who avoid sharing information until they know the whole answer (which is generally b…
We obtained the 12 statements from Gallup’s published books (which are in the public domain). We recommend our clients read these books, and we always reference the Gallup organization and attribut…
I feel like I am facing a lot of challenges regarding employee engagement and I would love to get some feedback from some of you regarding what I might be able to do. Here are some of the challenge…
Corporate Attention Deficit Disorder 19 Replies
Are you seeing a trend in what may be best described as “Corporate A.D.D.”? This looks like constantly resetting direction, not staying with anything long enough to see it through, not setting prio…
Creating a Culture of Recognition 19 Replies
I’m leading a team of folks who’s charge it is to guide a division of a large company’s effort to increase employee engagement. One of our focus areas is to identify factors necessary to create and…
Maybe our approach is all wrong. Maybe we are too focused on the drivers of engaging the entire employee population and are not focused on where engagement starts. I would love to hear your thought…
“Click five to survive” 18 Replies
These four words say it so well. Background – This is how a colleague explained what they think is happening in their organization’s engagement survey. The pressure is on at the executive level to…
Project Engagement 17 Replies
David, You asked: “I would really appreciate some network perspective, ideas, and suggestions. We are focused on employee engagement but many employees are now working on projects or in projects. …
Getting full engagement is clearly a worthwhile goal. Using a standard bell shaped curve of the organisation ( and in line with normal distribution in an organisation) I suggest that 20% of employe…
Which actions should we do when having results from an employee engagement survey? It has been happening in my workplace that we conduct a survey, get result, show it to employees. Then, no one me…
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Engage 5 is a weekly feature of Employee Engagement Zingers. Engage-5 asks leading thinkers, writers, consultants, practitioners, and others involved in employee engagement to complete 5 sentences.
Read Annette Butler 5 sentences on engagement:
- I define employee engagement as a heightened connection between employees and their work, their organization, or the people they work for or with.
- Our biggest challenge in employee engagement is not treating this as a ‘trend’ but continue this method of communication as part of performance management with the attention it deserves.
- A powerful way to create greater employee engagement is to establish a clear line of sight from the employee to the larger work unit.
- I am personally most engaged at work when I know how my specific tasks/responsibilities fit into the organization’s goals and mission – “the big picture.”
- To learn more about employee engagement Read MSPB’s report “The Power of Federal Employee Engagement” found on the “Studies” page of www.mspb.gov
To learn more about Annette’s work, click here.