Update: A version of this post was published on Ragan Communications: “50 definitions of employee engagement” on August 6, 2012. Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to this post!
With the evolution and growing attention to employee engagement one thing has become very clear. Employee engagement comes in many shades, different definitions. It’s a concept that outwardly has a very simple meaning, but we know underneath, there are multiple layers, multiple shades that add to its complexity. Its meaning and how you define it can vary depending on your role, your organization, your individual satisfaction and even personal happiness. The levels of interest vary: there are those who don’t understand its value and won’t take part at all, those who play more of the voyeur, watching as it happens, and then there are those who are eager participants, actively driving and leading engagement efforts. We also know that how organizations define and promote employee engagement has evolved over time and has varying shades of definitions depending on the needs of the organization.