15 salient truths about employee engagement

Offering a culture of fulfillment should not be construed as coddling and spoiling your staff. Ask questions, act on the responses, and provide the tools your people need to thrive in their jobs.

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We have to ask ourselves whether we are violating fundamental principles of human nature and, if so, how that affects engagement. Given how much time and money has been spent on employee engagement— and how little has been shown for it—it’s clear that most employers are getting it wrong.

Implementing engagement programs without addressing these foundational flaws is like painting a rusted car. You can buy the most beautiful, expensive paint, but it won’t stick.

Your efforts at boosting employee engagement will never stick if you violate the principles listed below:

1. Goodies, gimmicks and galas don’t boost employee engagement; intrinsically rewarding work experiences do.

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