Is employee engagement a noun or a verb?
If you see it as a noun, it becomes static. It becomes something we can measure once a year and know that we captured it. It is something we have versus something we are doing? It is less likely to change and more likely to remain fixed.
If engage is a verb, it is an action. It is something we do — not something we have. It is dynamic and changing. We are skeptical of a once a year measure of engagement because we know it can change daily within the same person.
I believe we need to see and work with engagement as a verb. When we do this we change our approaches to the topic at an individual, leadership, and organizational level.
- The individual is more open to change and to change actions to engage.
- Leaders realize the important of engaging with their staff continually.
- Organizations become more fluid in their engagement measurements and interventions.
Are you ready to go beyond a static noun to a dynamic interaction of individuals, leaders, and organizations with work.
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