Caution, Are you looking at employee engagement as a problem to to solved.
Richard Oliver, one of my favorite bloggers at Purposive Drift wrote the following gem:
Creativity is often described as a problem-solving activity. The problem with problem-solving is that it focuses on what is rather than what could be. If we want to do things differently rather than better we have to learn to search for the capabilities in any situation. Instead of identifying problems we will have to open ourselves to potentials. Instead of a world of fixed unchanging categories we will have to learn to see the world as more fluid, more open to change, and, ultimately, more mysterious. The trick we have to learn is to balance our habits, our experience, with the fresh and the new. We have to find ways of making the familiar strange to us. We have to tune in to the mysteriousness of the everyday. It is here that play and playful activities assume their role. Play releases us from a hardening of the categories. Play is the tool that allows us to see the capabilities concealed in the familiar.
Here are 7 employee engagement provocations from the above statement:
- Are you seeing employee engagement as a problem to be solved, snagged by focusing on what is rather than what could be?
- Do you see the capabilities in employees and the organization?
- What are the engagement potentials?
- Can you see the fluidity of employee engagement or is a once a year survey measure that makes it appear fixed and something you need to fix?
- What fresh and new approaches have you used to enhance employee engagement?
- Can you see employee engagement in a new way?
- Will you approach the essence of employee engagement, work, from a playful perspective.
Apply a playful approach to see the capabilities concealed in your familiar categories, constructs, concepts, ideas, rules, and understandings of employee engagement.
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