Employee engagement – It’s a phrase we hear time and time again. More than a decade on from the government’s seminal ‘Engaged for Success’ whitepaper, ‘engagement’ remains an unspecific concept. Often it’s reduced to a shopping list of HR initiatives which, if offered, are believed to create it: everything from better benefits; learning and development (L&D); health and wellbeing programmes, or lifestyle solutions that enable greater flexible working.
The truth is engagement isn’t something that can simply be bought from a basket of inputs. Engagement can’t be commanded so easily. It’s far more nuanced than that. That’s why we’ve produced this whitepaper to outline why now is the time to rethink organisational approaches to employee engagement.