employee engagement

The Unfulfilled Promise of Employee Engagement

With all the talk about employee engagement – why aren’t we doing a better job with engaging employees?

Employee engagement first appeared as a concept in the 1990s and then gained traction as a practice in the 2000s, yet we aren’t seeing much growth in the numbers. Gallup has been tracking engagement for the last 15 years and the numbers have stayed consistent. According to their comprehensive surveys 32 percent of US workers feel engaged in the workplace while only 13 percent of workers worldwide feel engaged.

So why aren’t the numbers moving? And what can we, as social leaders do about it? What can we change?

#SocialLeader chat is ready to take on these questions tonight at 8pm ET. Take a sneak peek at the others we will be asking:

Q1: Despite all the buzz around employee engagement, stats show no improvement over the last decade. Why? #SocialLeader

Q2: With low engagement and an employee-friendly job market, how are organizations at risk of losing talent? #SocialLeader

Q3: What role does alignment of personal purpose with company mission play in how employees feel & perform? #SocialLeader

Q4: How is technology improving employee commitment to a company? How can it contribute to the problem? #SocialLeader

Q5: Some say employee engagement is about building 1-on-1 relationships. How does a #SocialLeader find time to do that?

Q6: What is the downside of thoroughly engaged employees? When do we go from “engaged” to “burnout”? #SocialLeader

Q7: What leaders do you admire for inspiring others to do great work? What behaviors do you observe? #SocialLeader

Q8: You can change ONE thing in the workplace to dramatically improve employee engagement. What would it be? #SocialLeader

Join us tonight for this discussion that promises to be awesome. Here’s an easy tweet to share with your network to invite a friend:

Lauren Kirkpatrick is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where she earned a Masters degree in digital/social media. She serves as the Social Media Manager for Switch & Shift and chat commander for #SocialLeader chat. She is also a social media assistant and blogger for our sister site Youtern. When out of the office, Lauren loves watching her Dodgers, Trojans and San Diego State Aztecs. She is a master DIYer, TV aficionado and expert baker. Follow Lauren on Twitter and connect with her on LinkedIn.

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