The 4 Reasons your People aren’t engaged
Susan Basterfield

As always, a thought provoking, intelligent and entertaining piece — thanks Susan! Here are my thoughts.

I’m all about simplicity and struggle to keep more than 5 ideas in my head at one time so I love that there are four questions! And I think these four are definitely at the core of ‘engagement’. I’m writing a book with a Swedish leadership and self-management enthusiast, Karin Tenelius, at the moment and she has some questions she uses to measure the approach she introduces to teams interested in becoming self-managing (or more effective generally, really). I’ve listed them below (for comparison/interest, not because one is better or more ‘right’, of course). I think your four are pretty much covered in these —although maybe not creativity/innovative ideas, which I like as it’s certainly very important to me as an individual. I wonder if there’s something about meaningful work missing from your four? Or perhaps it’s implicit in questions 1–3…What are your thoughts?

  • To what extent can you influence the business? (influenceability)
  • To what extent do you think the culture/climate matches these ambitions? (feedback culture/cooperative climate)
  • To what extend do you feel you can find out what you want to know about the company and its finances? (transparency)
  • To what extent are you satisfied with your job? (satisfaction)
  • To what extent do you feel engaged in your job? (engagement)
  • To what extent do you feel that your work is meaningful? (meaningfulness)
  • To what extent do you feel you are able to develop at work? (skills/development)
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