Engaged Is Engaged, Full Stop.There’s so much talk about the same issues in this space. Sometimes, I wonder what it all means. Are we really lost? Are we really looking in the right places? Are we just to lazy to question it ourselves that we look for the quick fix outside, for someone to tell us how it is? Do we not trust ourselves, our own intuition?
Take engagement. Getting people really engaged, getting them motivated, getting them to buy into whatever you’re working on. Don’t hit google on that one. I think engaged is engaged full stop. You cant make people more engaged than they already are. Don’t get me wrong. There’s stuff you can do at the workplace to make it more conducive, a warmer environment. A place to enjoy being at for eight to ten hours a day. Enhanced communication, authenticity in all things you touch etc. But I think trying to get people more engaged is trying to change someone. And we all know how that goes. You cant change other people, you can only change yourself. Yet, we do spend our time trying to change other people. You go around the world and come back to where you started. Once again. Was the ride worth it?
And focusing on how to engage the troops seems a little like tackling the symptom rather than the cause.
We come up with 10 point plans, quick tips and all kinds of cheesy, jazzy ways to reinvent, re-engage, re-motivate people. Like there really was some fix-it available. Some one size fits all approach that is somehow going to change it.
The fact is, that people are either interested in working in your company or they’re not. You work on making your company a good place to be. Good values, a good service or product, a fine set of people to work with, good processes. Yup, these are core. But focusing on getting people excited and motivated on its own, I just dont think it works that way. If they’re not interested, they just plain arent. They might be hanging on till something better comes along. Till they can get a pay raise at the next place. Till someone makes an offer. Till the pain is greater than the reward. Whatever it is, you know, you can tell those who are engaged and those who aren’t. If you are looking. The trick is to find this out early. Be true to yourself about what you see. Call it as you see it. Spend the energy and the time… on what matters.
Ask yourself – do you spend time cultivating what doesn’t quite work to make it better? Or do you spend time on what works and perfect that instead?