… if you liked it, then you shoulda put a ring on it.

Employee Engagement in plain English

… if you liked it, then you shoulda put a ring on it.

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Out-sourcing, fixed term contracts with 1 week notice, never ending probation periods or other cheats are literally the engagement-cides.

As the boss, it is up to you  make that pledge to your own crew you.

“In trust and respect, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, in successes and failures, to nurture and to grow from this day forward…”

A simple oath equally biding all involved parties sounds so familiar.

And that’s all about the employee engagement. That’s really it. It is really really really really all. When businesses care about their people and their work, this kind of “miracle” occurs.

What you give is what you get

It’s hard to believe that it may be so simple. There are so many advisory companies selling a grand science on the right mix. And here lays the answer too. They sell a secret, a holy grail and more complicated they make it, more money they can ask for. More over they sell indulgences to all dishonest employers. It is lucrative business sell clear conscience and out-sources responsibility.

Where the employer makes and honours above mentioned engagement (in plain English “genuinely cares about their people“), the employee engagement comes as natural response in return. All relationships are two-way. And when it is only one way, there is a divorce in the air.

All people strive for excellence. They do want to be proud of their achievements. They desire to get the greatest possible satisfaction from being the best in their job.

And one more. Treat the people as adults, they’ll behave as adults. Set a paranoiac control and parental lock, they’ll start behaving as (very) small kids.

It is surprising how simple are the truths about what motivate us

So where is the catch?

We talk about an engaged employee all over and over and over … but no single word about engaged employer. And so it so easy to forget about the employers part; and here the relation turns into one way obligations.


Either by omission, but too often it is a barely veiled trial to abuse the idea of employee engagement as means to push people to work harder for lower wages to generate greater profit, without effort or duty on the side of the organisation.

Fake it until you make it

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With help of specialised consultants, you can build an great image of engaging employer. With good lighting an pink roses, you make the Holywood picture. And it can even look to work (for some time).

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Even if all that is to just to sweeten the modern time of contract renewable weekly with the lowest wages. How an employer could ever imagine that with contracts which are signed for 1 week duration (renewable, indeed) – months duration in the best – could create a love relation “happily ever-after”.

How a company could even imagine to engage with foreigners – and what else the out-source people are?

This pretending is just and only a cheating. It may look great from far – but like any pretending, it is just Bollywood motion picture. Few postures, good make-up and lighting and it sells well as spectacle. And as all “pretending” it makes great business to consultancy agencies to offer “to stage a movie for you” and to analyst “to provide you with insights what this time it did not work”.

Cheating makes all worse

You cannot cheat. When you cheat that shit comes back to get you. It is a vicious circle.

And the employers who try to cheat become real nightmare for everyone in. Place where the doubts grow to suspicion, which turns into paranoia.

People who could, have left and those who are trapped in got actively disengaged to protect what remains of their dignity and sanity. The corporate zombie could continue for some time to give sings of life, but those are only post mortem mechanical responses of the decaying corps.

At least this one is honest.
It is clear for all involved; for both pimps and hookers.

Option #2: “Employee = Hooker”

Often it is said, employees get their wages, so what?

We start with a fee for girlfriend/boyfriend experience (touching is “extra”). For 30 mins of oral service, more expensive specialists must be hired. Other performances have special fee. Whole night stand for is for heavy eaters with special needs and Visa Platinum.

You pay and you get value for your money; but no engagement. Once the transaction is over, it’s paid and it’s over. That’s the capitalism. All is about time and money. No place for feeling and other ballast.


… if you liked it, then you shoulda put a ring on it.

employee engagement

and for real – it feels really great for all

From the series

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  2. Employee Engagement is so simple