We throw terms like “employee engagement” into the middle of a conversation and watch all the heads start nodding “yeah, we need that!” But, we rarely take the time to actually define what it means specifically for us.
Out of curiosity, I asked some colleagues from a variety of fields what “characteristics or behaviors” define an engaged employee for them. The response was kind of overwhelming, and many noted the question was “timely” for their work.
The respondents included leaders from technology, law, financial services, real estate, sales, a barbershop chain, consumer product marketing, project management consulting, government, K12 education, higher education, fundraising, nonprofit and a few more.
Here are their responses (loosely organized for easier consumption):