15 cold, hard truths about genuine employee engagement

If your management team is disregarding fundamental human behavior, all your surveys and incentive programs will do little more than adding a coat of paint to a sputtering jalopy.

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So much time and money have been spent on employee engagement—and there’s so little to show for it.

Clearly, most employers are not doing enough of the right things, or they are doing enough wrong things to undermine their progress.

If we hope to see results from our employee engagement efforts, we have to focus on the basics. We must ask ourselves whether we are violating basic principles of human nature and how that influences engagement.

Implementing engagement programs without addressing these foundational flaws is like painting a rusted car. You can buy the most beautiful, expensive paint, but it will never stick.

Your efforts at boosting employee engagement will never stick if you violate the principles on the list below.

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