How CEOS can bring about employee engagement

A study of chief execs reveals they hoist the concept aboard and even have a vision of its effect on their workplace culture. Getting from Point A to Point B? Well, there are impediments.

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Have you ever wondered what your CEO really thinks about employee engagement?

Many of us have, and new research from Ashridge Business School in the U.K. provides some answers.

The study found CEOs had a pretty good idea of what employee engagement is and what it could do for their organizations. They view engagement as a strategic narrative (and ongoing dialogue) within their organizations that creates emotional connections and purpose for employees. They envision a culture in which people give the very best of themselves at work.

CEOs have the definition and outcome of engagement nailed, but when asked what stops them from getting more involved with engagement, three distinct and personal barriers emerged:

1. Leadership capability

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