Numerology. Don’t get me wrong, I believe “the numbers” are important in employee engagement. By this I mean the relationships between engagement and productivity and profit. I also think the numbers of engaged versus disengaged workers is important to know. Yes, we must make the business case for engagement and organizations need engagement to stay viable.
Geometry. But what about geometry?
Geometry (Ancient Greek: γεωμετρία; geo = earth, metria = measure) is a part of mathematics concerned with questions of size, shape, and relative position of figures and with properties of space. Geometry is one of the oldest sciences. Initially a body of practical knowledge concerning lengths, areas, and volumes.
Down to earth. I like the idea of bringing employee engagement back down to earth. An earth measure that focuses on the size, shape, position, length, area, and volume of engagement not just the results of the survey. A geometry that connects the numbers with a bigger picture. A geometry of employee engagement that helps us see size, shape, and relationship. A geometry of engagement that may provide us with a richer image of engagement within our organizations and get us “thinking outside the pyramid.” I would love to see the circle as the quintessential shape for engagement rather than the pyramid or the box.
Geometric questions. Here are some questions about the geometry of employee engagement:
- How do we connect?
- What is the shortest distance between us?
- What is the shape of your organization’s engagement?
- What form does employee engagement take?
- Can you see it?
- Can you touch it?
- Will employee engagement have good length or dissipate away as the flavor of the month because of mind-numbing numbers?
- What would create the tipping point of employee engagement to foster a geometric progression of engagement in your organization?
- What are the spatial relationships between the key people and players in engagement: employees, customers, leaders, managers, shareholders, stakeholders, etc?
- Does employee engagement take up volume in the organization or is it relegated to the bi-yearly survey with big announcements about employee engagement devoid of true impact and robust resources?
Right Angle. Are you ready to start thinking about employee engagement from a geometric perspective? If you are, I think you just might have the right angle on engagement!
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