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Employee Engagement


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Series Editor?s Preface Preface Acknowledgments 1. Engaging Engagement How Engagement Makes a Difference and What Engagement Is The Business Case for Employee Engagement Engagement as Psychic Energy: On the Inside Engagement as Behavioral Energy: How Engagement Looks to Others How an Engaged Workforce Creates Positive Financial Consequences for Organizations On High Performance Work Environments: Four Principles for Creating an Engaged Workforce The Capacity to Engage The Motivation to Engage The Freedom to Engage The Focus of Strategic Engagement Engagement and Discretionary Effort Interaction of Cause and Effect The Remainder of the Book 2. The ?Feel and Look? of Employee Engagement The Feel of Engagement Urgency Focus Intensity Enthusiasm Cross-Cultural Issues in Describing the Feelings of Engagement Summary: The Feel of Engagement The Look of Engagement: Employee Behavior Persistence Proactivity Role Expansion Adaptability Summary: The Look of Engagement Strategically Aligned Engagement Behavior On Commitment, Alignment, and Internalization What About Employee Satisfaction? Where Does This Take Us? 3. The Key to an Engaged Workforce: An Engagement Culture What is Organizational Culture? Creating a Culture for Engagement: How People are Valued in Organizations The Central Role of a Culture of Trust in Employee Engagement Trust in Senior Leadership, Trust in Management, and Trust in the System The Role of Fairness in a Culture of Engagement Culture Emergence Learning the Culture Do the People or the Environment Make the Culture? The Role of the Work Itself in a Culture of Engagement The Role of Monetary Incentives in a Culture of Engagement Does Organizational Success Impact Employee Engagement? The Role of Culture in Creating Strategic Employee Engagement How Culture Supports Alignment Summary 4. Phase 1 of Creating and Executing an Engagement Campaign: Diagnostics and the Engagement Survey Pre-Survey Diagnostic Activities Step 1: Conduct the Background Check and Acquire the ?Language? Step 2: Engage Leadership to Define Strategic Engagement and the Supporting Culture Step 3: Craft the Engagement Messaging The Engagement Survey Writing Questions that Focus on the Feelings of Engagement Writing Questions that Focus on Behavioral Engagement Writing Generic Behavioral Engagement Survey Questions Writing Questions that Focus on Creating the Employee Capacity to Engage Writing Questions that Focus on Whether People Have a Reason to Engage Writing Questions that Focus on Whether People Feel ?Free? to Engage Summary 5. Phase 2 of Creating and Executing an Engagement Campaign: Action Planning and Intervention Survey Results Interpretation Benchmarks Survey Results Feedback Feedback at the Executive Level Feedback at the Managerial Level Communicating Survey Results Company-Wide Summary Preparing the Organization for Taking Action Commitment for Action Resources and Tools That Facilitate Action Planning and Change Variants on the Action Planning Model How Much Measurable Change is Possible? Actual Changes That Build and Maintain Engagement Interventions that Build Confidence and Resiliency Interventions that Enhance Social Support Networks Interventions that Renew or Restore Employee Energy Interventions that Enhance the Motivation to Engage Interventions that Enhance the Freedom to Engage Interventions Focused on Process Fairness Interventions Focused on Outcome Fairness Interventions Focused on Interactional Fairness Leadership Behavior and Engagement Summary 6. Burnout and Disengagement: The Dark Side of Engagement Disengagement: Early Unmet Expectations at Work The Nature and Trajectory of Burnout The Components of Burnout The Trajectory of Burnout Is Burnout Inevitable? Effective Coping With Burnout Social Support Autonomy and Job Control Burnout, Workaholism, and Engagement: Resolution of the Paradox Job Creep and the Erosion of Trust Additional Stress Factors and Disengagement Remedies and Interventions The Need for Recovery Other Interventions Resistance to Change and Engagement: Another Dark Side of Engagement How Should Engagement Initiatives be Communicated? Conclusion 7. Talking Points: Introducing or Rethinking Engagement in Your Organization Notes Subject Index Author and Name Index

About the Author

William H. Macey is CEO of Valtera and has thirty years of experience consulting with organizations to design and implement survey research programs. Benjamin Schneider is Senior Research Fellow at Valtera and Professor Emeritus of the University of Maryland. Karen M. Barbera is a Managing Principal at Valtera Corporation, responsible for overseeing the practice group focused on employee engagement surveys and organizational diagnostics. Scott A. Young is a Managing Consultant at Valtera Corporation, where he consults with the firm's organizational survey clients on content development and measurement, reporting and interpretation of results, research, and action planning. Series Editor: Steven G. Rogelberg, Ph.D. , is Professor and Director of Organizational Science, at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. He is a prolific and nationally recognized scholar. Besides his academic work, he founded and/or led three successful talent management consulting organizations/units.


"Macey and his colleagues provide a fascinating analysis of engagement -- what it means, why it works, and, most importantly, how to create and maintain an engaged workforce." ?Fritz Drasgow, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign "Employee Engagement walks us through the complexity of this deceptively simple concept and makes concrete the process of translating engagement into hard financial results." ?Peter Cappelli, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania "A hugely important topic, handled with just the right mix of scholarly insight and practical experience. This book is a valuable addition to the literature." ?Jeffery S. Schippmann, Balfour Beatty Construction "If you want to increase employee engagement to achieve your organization's strategic objectives this is the book for you. It deconstructs what engagement really means, explains what factors shape it, shows how to diagnose your organization current state and tell you what managerial levers you can use to increase it and consequently raise organizational performance. This book is at once scientifically sound and highly readable." ?Michael Beer, Harvard Business School "No one knows more about Employee Engagement, in all its forms, than do these authors. They give careful, useful and practical advice on using employee opinion surveys to measure and increase employee engagement! " ?Allen I. Kraut, Baruch College, C.U.N.Y.

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