Well!!! the several surveys lead to the conclusion that it exists. Even Professor Google has numerous definitions for it.
But when I ask the meaning of 'active employee engagement' to a few senior professionals. They say that it's all about keeping the employees happy enough through recreational activities/fun activities'.
I do not endorse that at all. I will explain /justify that through an example. If an 'actively disengaged employee' gets to participate in your company's so called 'Disco Dandiya event'. Will it help the HR team to stop him from bad mouthing about the company or raise his work performance standards????
No!!!! most likely!!!!
He will get a good excuse to get away from his work and also have a social gathering which he can entertain through his bad mouthing about the company.
Let's apply common sense and change our approach towards employee engagement.
The purpose is to get the associates excited about their job and perform better through greater involvement and ownership.
Include the following in your employee engagement tool kit:
1. Superior Learning and Development.
2. Competitive Compensation.
3. Most importantly, foster a culture of 'goodness'. A place where the right virtues and values are recognized and appreciated genuinely.
4. Have some real 'fun' after getting the above three points right in place.