Five Things to Rethink About Employee Engagement

5 things to rethink about employee engagement

Employee engagement has been a top HR trend for years now. We know it’s important and we all want to increase our engagement levels, but…how? It’s notoriously difficult to raise and maintain high levels of employee engagement and beyond that, proving to your own boss why it’s so important can be hard. So here are five ways to think about the problem differently. It’s a new year, so maybe it’s time for some new thinking.

Five Things to Rethink About Employee Engagement

The Big Secret To Employee Engagement

For all the thousands of articles and books on how to improve employee engagement, the overall numbers never seem to improve. Are we missing something about engagement? Does it even matter, after all? Cord Himelstein says that engagement does matter but we’re thinking about it all wrong: it’s not about complex plans, it’s about common decency. Be a great boss in a great workplace and engagement will follow.

Let’s Change Our Perception Of Employee Engagement

Like Himelstein, Cha Tekeli says that we’re thinking about engagement wrong. It’s important. The data on that is undeniable, showing a strong correlation between high engagement and higher productivity and effectiveness. But just because we can measure something doesn’t meant we can approach it as a math problem. Engagement, he says, isn’t a project. You don’t need an Engagement Lead or an engagement strategy. Well, not exactly. What you need is to treat your employees well and ensure they’re challenged, motivated and acknowledged.

The Marketing Tactics That Can Improve Your Employee Engagement Efforts

Engagement initiatives essentially work to reassure employees that they’ve made the right decision by working for you. They’re about reminding workers of why your company is a good place to work – or making your company a better place to work – so why not turn some marketing tactics inwards, approaching employee relations more like you would customer relations. That is, as a relationship that needs regular care and attention.

Employee Experiences Found to Impact Outcomes 100% of Time 

Ok, employee engagement matters, but how much does it really matter? Things get done even if employees aren’t 100% engaged, 100% of the time, right? Employee survey and research company SMD found that employee experience consistently impacted businesses. A lot. And in sometimes surprising ways.

AI Plus Human Intelligence Is The Future Of Work

Ok, ok, we get it. Employee engagement is important and it’s not exactly easy to improve. It’s one of those intangibles that can only be addressed through long term, consistent, positive action. Fine. But are there ways we could fine tune that? Identify points of dissatisfaction and stress, and then fix them faster? Jeanne Meister says that AI is your employee engagement secret weapon.

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Megan Purdy

Former recruiter, HR pro and Workology editor. Comics, cheese and political economy.

Reader Interactions


  1. Angela Baker says

    I totally agree with you that employee experience impacts outcomes. That`s why before hiring people we should check not only their skills and knowledge but sometimes experience as well. For example, if you want to move your business abroad, you`d better look for employees who speak fluently more that one foreign language, can translate documents or worked in the translation service as The Word Point

  2. Asma Niaz says

    A well-crafted piece on employee engagement as it is a vast paradigm that almost touches all components of Human Resource Management. If employee engagement isn’t properly addressed and delineate, staff may fail to accomplish their allotted tasks. As per my preference, The organizations should train their Management staff to help managers develop their motivational leadership techniques, by understanding what is required, what works and then implementing a personal action plan for their employees. Here is a top-notch training programme one can consider in this regard


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