Employee engagement is not an ice cream social

I recently came across a listicle that shared over 40 employee engagement ideas. Wow! A cheat sheet with 40+ engagement ideas that your team will love! We'll have enough ideas to keep us engaged for a year! I'll break it to you. Your team will hate it. How do I know they'll hate it? Because they tell me. As an HR strategist, I often conduct an organizational analysis. This is a fancy way of saying I take the time to talk to your people and find gaps in what you think is happening and what's actually happening. One of the biggest gaps between teams and managers is their definition of “engagement.” In 2015, the Jostle Corporation conducted research on “The Engagement Gap,” which is defined as