Employee engagement: Enough!
The recession is no time to worry about employee engagement. Agree or not?
Compensation Force friend Paul Hebert of Incentive Intelligence takes the "pro" side (that would be "yes - enough already") in the verbal smackdown on this question happening over in the BusinessWeek Debate Room. (He also posts on it here.)
From Paul's side of the debate:
The problem with focusing on “employee engagement” is that makes it sound as though employees were disengaged because of the lack of employee engagement programs. But engagement programs treat the symptom not the disease.
The real disease is poor management—and that’s you, bucky. Employees don’t need programs and engagement strategies. They need managers with vision, an understanding that employees want and need to work to the best of their abilities.
My take? I think Paul has nailed it. I dipped my toes into this particular stream a week or so ago, challenging the emerging trend (according to new research) of using employee engagement as a measure of reward plan effectiveness.
Got an opinion? Jump over and join the debate.