I once said that “nothing says past it” more than Human Capital Management.
I was wrong.
Don’t worry, I haven’t suddenly become a HCM groupie.
Far from it…..
I was wrong because NOTHING says past it more than the term “Employee Engagement”.
I recently tweeted that “every time I hear this term another part of me dies“…so you can imagine what writing about it does to me.
But sometimes I just can’t help myself. We all have our crosses to bear.
I have a confession. Never…..absolutely NEVER in my life have I woken up and thought….”I wish I was more engaged”. Moreover, I can guarantee that there is not a single employee within your organisation that has either.
Engagement doesn’t exist. Engagement is the sort of term a consultant would create. And then claim it was measurable and sell it at massively inflated amounts to a profession that was insecure and desperate to find some data to prove that they were both relevant and commercial.
I have no idea where they would find a profession like that. Do you?
Please. Let’s stop.
Let’s grow up.
Let’s be human.
For generations people worked for the same companies. They worked there because the organisations valued them, they treated them well, they gave them security, they gave them incentives to stay. But, they NEVER TALKED ABOUT ENGAGEMENT.
Engagement doesn’t replace a decent pension scheme, engagement doesn’t pay the mortgage on your house, engagement doesn’t provide job security.
Engagement is a term that we create to apologise for using people to generate profit.
We need to stop focussing on vacuous self-created concepts that are completely alien to the vast majority of human beings. We need to start talking about the things that matter to people. Real people.
Call me uncool, call me old-fashioned. Call me naïve.
I’m ok with that.
You aim for engaged employees…..I’ll do what’s right for my people and treat them like valued grown ups.
I think they deserve that.