A hot summer day
my body starts slowing down
hammock calls my name
The recent Employee Engagement Networking Event I ran in partnership with BergHind Joseph reflected the growing importance, interest and emphasis placed on employee engagement. The event attracted a number of people, most of whom were members of the over 4100 member Employee Engagement Network – a global network focused on employee engagement.
Three Parts. The workshop was divided into 3 parts. The first hour involved creating dialogue with the participants on 21 common myths of employee engagement. The second part was a presentation on kaizengagement: six tactical and practical engagement approaches. The third part was a gathering of most participants at a local establishment for further discussion and networking.
Don’t myth out. During the first section participants worked in 3 different groups of about 6 to discuss their thoughts and perspectives on 21 possible myths of employee engagement. We were not creating a correct answer to the myths but rather a discussion and examination of the myths we work by. There was much discussion, deliberation, debate, and declaration. Here is a sample of five of the twenty-one myths* participants discussed:
· Engagement is a noun
· Engagement is a problem to be solved
· There is a them in engagement
· Disengagement is a punishable offence
· Executives are not employees
Kaizengagement. The second part of the afternoon was on kaizengagement. This is a fusion of the words kaizen and engagement. Kaizen is the term often associated with small continuous improvement. Participants were invited to examine the small and significant things organisations, managers, leaders, and individuals can do to enhance engagement. It seems that we are often overtaxed with so much work that engagement seems like yet another burden. Given this perception from my work with many organisations I offered the following 6 kaizengagement invitations to action:
Two other blog posts about the event. We were fortunate after the event to have two excellent employee engagement experts and bloggers, Doug Shaw and Jon Ingham, write about the event. I encourage you to read their excellent blog posts for more detail and person perspective on the event.
In conjunction with Berghind Joseph an examination of all 21 of the myths of employee engagement developed within the workshop will be available in the future.
David Zinger of David Zinger Associates founded the 4100 member employee engagement network. David is devoted to employee engagement and engaging work for the benefit of all. He has written 2 books, co-created 7 books with multiple authors, and written over 1300 blog posts on engagement. He is a very sought after speaker and educator on the topic.
Are you able to pause or come to a complete stop?
Employee engagement never stops. People work everyday and the work on employee engagement never ceases.
We are flooded with:
And yes, I am well aware that I am a big contributor to this glut of information.
T. S. Eliot once wrote: Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
Here are three questions I am pondering as I slow down (can’t seem to come to a complete stop) during the summer: