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Companies continue to evolve from old-school to new-school; from being mechanistic to humanistic; from having a command-and-control structure to an empowering one. Sometimes this evolution is expedited by changes in the external environment and sometimes by the induction of new management. As this sequence unfolds, companies move towards greater ‘employee engagement’ as a means of achieving sustainable profitability.
What is employee engagement? Put simply, it is when the company benefits from the heart and soul, and the passion and creativity of an employee, versus the one who drags himself in at nine and clocks out at five. Companies can no longer afford to host ‘warm bodies’ that occupy positions and go through the motions of the daily grind. Similarly, employees no longer want to work at places where they are not engaged as full human beings. Both sides need to put in their best efforts to make this happen. Continue reading