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Organizational Effectiveness vs Engagement

posted Jan 18, 2012, 5:46 AM by Lisa Shelley   [ updated May 15, 2013, 6:41 AM ]
Traditionally employee engagement is defined as an element of an effective organization.  I would argue that they are actually one and the same.

Considering that people have a natural desire to apply their strengths toward making a valued impact on something that they believe in, it is my contention that for an organization to be effective, it must have employees that are engaged; and for employees to be engaged they must be a part of an effective organization.  An effective organization is one that has an inspirational purpose that their employees support, has the necessary systems and structures to empower their people to get things done in support of this purpose, and a culture that values them, not only for their contributions but for their humanity.

In this type of organization there is never a need to launch a team or task force to work on engagement.