How to (not) create an engagement monster

Kwench | Rewards and Recognition

_kwench_Engagement_Monster_Image_1You get an intern over for a few months. Ask her to google “employee engagement strategy” and make a report. She makes a laundry list of things that engaged companies seem to be doing. Borrow 10 techniques each from the top three most engaged companies on the global list that seem easy enough to do – Hand out a few badges, give a few vouchers, put a smiley sticker or two, spam everyone with “Thank-You’s” and voila – engaged employees all around, right?


Employee engagement strategies are unique to each organization. It has to be embedded into the DNA and not become another thing on the HR checklist. It cannot a “part-time” activity slotted into somebody’s time-sheet.

Engagement doesn’t come from handing out vouchers – it is a consequence of handing out the right voucher for the right reason at the right time again and again and again. The…

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