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What does engagement mean to you?

Matt Johnson reflects on the recent launch session of Engage for Success Milton Keynes, one of a number of local groups being established around the country to foster a culture of #lovewhereyouwork.

Employee engagement’ is one of the most liberally dispensed terms in the business world, but ask any group of people what it really means and you’re unlikely to hear the same answer twice.

It isn’t just that people interpret engagement differently. It actually means different things to different people. The way we engage with others, our reasons for doing so and the outcomes we expect all differ depending on numerous factors.

So how do we know if we’re engaging people effectively, or even at all?

According to Cathy Brown, Executive Director, Engage for Success, there are four enablers of engagement that apply in any scenario – wherever you are, whatever you do and whoever you’re engaging with.

1) Visibly empowering leadership that provides strong strategic narrative (i.e. where the organisation has come from, where it’s going and how employees can contribute)
2) Engaging managers who focus on their people, treat them as individuals, coach and develop them
3) Facilitating employee voice throughout the organisation – both internally and externally
4) Organisational integrity, which means the values displayed on the wall are reflected in everyday behaviour.

Engage for Success event in Milton Keynes.

These enablers don’t aim to define what engagement is – a single, universal definition is frankly impossible given the near-infinite number of variables.

Instead, they provide a framework on which to build effective engagement strategies.

Employers and managers should be wary of trying to define engagement too precisely. As Cathy explained during the launch session, some of the most commonly held perceptions in this area are erroneous.

Engagement is not:

• Everybody pulling in the same direction. This could be done through fear. If that’s the case then, in the end, everyone will burn out.
• Productivity. People can be productive, but not necessarily creative or innovative.
• Doing your job. If you’re doing your job in a way that just ticks the boxes then you’re not engaged. This can harm the employer/employee relationship and also the organisation’s reputation.

To find out more about employee engagement and Engage for Success, visit engageforsuccess.org
To find out more about the Milton Keynes Engage for Success group or join the mailing list for future events, email Sue Kiddy, one of the launch team.
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Engage for Success set for Milton Keynes bow

Engage for Success is coming to Milton Keynes – and you can be part of it.

The employee engagement think-tank has established an MK branch with its first meeting scheduled for next month.

Engage for Success is a voluntary organisation that aims to “grow awareness about the power and potential of employee engagement.”

The inaugural meeting of the Engage for Success Milton Keynes Group will take place on Thursday, May 18.

Silke Brittain, Headlines’ Commercial Director, has been a driving force behind the creation of the new group.

She said: “It is a wonderful opportunity to help spread the positive message about employee engagement in the Milton Keynes area.

“Engaged employees can make all the difference, ensuring workplaces in the UK are thriving, growing and developing through the commitment, energy, and creativity of their employees.

“Many IC practitioners face the same challenges so the meeting will be a great opportunity to share experiences, challenges and best practice.”

Speakers will include Cathy Brown, Executive Director of Engage for Success, on the four enablers of employee engagement, and Katy Downes, Senior Engagement Manager, Network Rail, who will consider the importance of employee voice, one of the enablers.

The event, which will run between 8am and 11am, will also include an interactive session considering the hot engagement topics facing Milton Keynes employers today.

The meeting will be held at Network Rail, The Quadrant:MK, Elder Gate, Milton Keynes, MK9 1EN.

Entry is free but places are limited.

To book a space, visit our event page here….