Where Is The Employee Choice In The Engagement Equation?

From Paul Smith’s Welcome to the Occupation blog– From Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to McGregor’s X and Y Theories, fromVroom’s Expectancy Theory to Gallup’s Q12, we spend a great deal of time trying to get into our employees’ head. The goal may be stated that it’s to make employees happier. But what we really want is for them to be productive and for them to keep that productivity in our organizations.


Too many conversations about engagement make it the employer’s responsibility to create and maintain employee engagement. There’s nothing wrong with external triggers from the employer. But no matter what employers do and say in lieu of these triggers, employees choose to acknowledge these triggers and choose to act upon them. Thereby, making all efforts questionable.

This is not to say as employers we shouldn’t try to engage, or create environments that induce high productivity. I’m saying as adults, employees make their own decisions. They make their own decisions about their engagement. They make decisions about when they want to be engaged, how much they want to be engaged, and how long they want to be engaged. During the course of a day, levels of engagement increase and decrease, hour by hour, sometimes minute by minute.

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