Work Engagement Vs. For The Sake Of Doing It

A company says: we’ve created these projects where you can volunteer to help. We’ve created them for you to have enough opportunities to develop. We… We… We… {We in this real case is a group of managers}

The message that reaches me: here are some projects we created with the purpose of development. We may be sincere in our interest and commitment to your development, or we may just care to tick the box of employee engagement, the FACT is that we decided on the projects by ourselves. You can either get involved or not. We did our part and and no one can blame us for being passive.

Gallup released their Engagement Survey last month. Worth taking a look at.

Seventy-one percent of American workers are “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” in their work, meaning they are emotionally disconnected from their workplaces and are less likely to be productive. That leaves nearly one-third of American workers who are “engaged,” or involved in and enthusiastic about their work and contributing to their organizations in a positive manner. This trend remained relatively stable throughout 2011.

A good interpretation of the survey can be found on the Harvard Business Review blog.

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