Employee engagement as a two-way street

With all the work we’ve done on employee engagement (studying it, analyzing it, helping companies increase it), we’re convinced that employee engagement is a two-way street. It’s not just the responsibility of the managers and leaders.  It’s the responsibility of the employees as well. See, if you give only one person in a relationship the sole responsibility for that relationship, there’s an inherent and immediate imbalance that is not sustainable. Employee engagement isn’t just communication and giving atta-boys and atta-girls. It’s much more than that. Let me introduce our Collaborative Employee Engagement Model(TM). At the center of the model is
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People Thrive, Companies Thrive Podcast: Individual Environment Fit

We’ve found that every challenge or problem has to do with a misalignment with individual and environment.  Individual is, of course, the employee, the manager, the executive, etc.  The environment is everything from the culture, communication, onboarding, equipment, and more.  If the individual or the environment (or both) are out of alignment, you get better results when they come into alignment.
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