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September 2014

Not Making Progress on Your Employee Engagement Initiative? 3 Keys for "Moving the Needle"

While engagement continues to be a hot conversation topic in the HR press and throughout organizations, more and more companies are finding it hard to make any headway in generating positive engagement scores. In many organizations, shining a light on engagement problems has only made matters worse—especially when an organization has asked for employee perceptions and then made very little effort to do something to improve those perceptions.

After two or three rounds of surveying people in this manner, many organizations find themselves with falling engagement scores and increasing apathy from employees about participating in continued surveys. As a result, many engagement initiatives are stalling, and some are even in danger of being quietly discontinued.

But Dr. Drea Zigarmi, a founding associate and Director of Research for The Ken Blanchard Companies who has been studying employee engagement since 2006, believes organizations can achieve the results they are looking for if they are disciplined in the way they measure, plan, and roll out engagement initiatives.

In working with organizations to improve employee work passion, Zigarmi believes there are three areas where organizations need to be especially vigilant in the way they approach this type of organizational initiative. Coming up short in any one of these three areas can lead to the apathy, cynicism, and deteriorating engagement scores that so many organizations have experienced.

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