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You've Invested In Employee Engagement But Nothing Worked. Now What?

By March 28, 2016HR, Management
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I recently read an article written by Paul Keijzer that posed a very interesting dilemma – one more companies experience than admit.

The article starts by telling the story of a software company CEO who did everything the books and experts said he needed to do to retain employee engagement – from investing in free lunches to providing ping pong tables – yet people kept leaving the company.

If this is you, what do you do next?

It’s definitely a hard question to answer. But what I like about the article is that Mr. Keijzer suggests that CEOs look more at relational connections between management and their teams vs. corporate perks that keep people around.

Specific points he makes:

  1. Employee engagement isn’t a one-way street.
  2. Employee engagement surveys alone aren’t the answer. (I agree with him that surveys still have a place when done correctly)
  3. Employees have to be aligned to company ideals.
  4. Finding meaning is important.
  5. Autonomy and mastery are essential.

Go deeper with this topic here, and let me know what kind of employee engagement tactics YOU have seen that kept you at an organization!