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Providing both practical advice, tools, and case examples, Employee Engagement translates best practices, ideas, and concepts into concrete and practical steps that will change the level of engagement in any organization.

  • Explores the meaning of engagement and how engagement differs significantly from other important yet related concepts like satisfaction and commitment
  • Discusses what it means to create a culture of engagement
  • Provides a practical presentation deck and talking points managers can use to introduce the concept of engagement in their organization
  • Addresses issues of work-life balance, and non-work activities and their relationship to engagement at work
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What People Are Saying

From the Publisher
"Macey and his colleagues provide a fascinating analysis of engagement — what it means, why it works, and, most importantly, how to create and maintain an engaged workforce."
Fritz Drasgow, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"Employee Engagement walks us through the complexity of this deceptively simple concept and makes concrete the process of translating engagement into hard financial results."
Peter Cappelli, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

"A hugely important topic, handled with just the right mix of scholarly insight and practical experience. This book is a valuable addition to the literature."
–Jeffery S. Schippmann, Balfour Beatty Construction

"If you want to increase employee engagement to achieve your organization's strategic objectives this is the book for you. It deconstructs what engagement really means, explains what factors shape it, shows how to diagnose your organization current state and tell you what managerial levers you can use to increase it and consequently raise organizational performance. This book is at once scientifically sound and highly readable."
Michael Beer, Harvard Business School

"No one knows more about Employee Engagement, in all its forms, than do these authors. They give careful, useful and practical advice on using employee opinion surveys to measure and increase employee engagement! "
Allen I. Kraut, Baruch College, C.U.N.Y.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405179027
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/2/2009
  • Series: TMEZ - Talent Management Essentials Series , #19
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 649,327
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

William H. Macey is CEO of Valtera and has thirty years of experience consulting with organizations to design and implement survey research programs.

Benjamin Schneider is Senior Research Fellow at Valtera and Professor Emeritus of the University of Maryland.

Karen M. Barbera is a Managing Principal at Valtera Corporation, responsible for overseeing the practice group focused on employee engagement surveys and organizational diagnostics.

Scott A. Young is a Managing Consultant at Valtera Corporation, where he consults with the firm’s organizational survey clients on content development and measurement, reporting and interpretation of results, research, and action planning.

Series Editor:
Steven G. Rogelberg, Ph.D., is Professor and Director of Organizational Science, at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. He is a prolific and nationally recognized scholar. Besides his academic work, he founded and/or led three successful talent management consulting organizations/units. 

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Table of Contents

Series Editor’s Preface



1. Engaging Engagement

How Engagement Makes a Difference and What Engagement Is

The Business Case for Employee Engagement

Engagement as Psychic Energy: On the Inside

Engagement as Behavioral Energy: How Engagement Looks to Others

How an Engaged Workforce Creates Positive Financial Consequences for Organizations

On High Performance Work Environments: Four Principles for Creating an Engaged Workforce

The Capacity to Engage

The Motivation to Engage

The Freedom to Engage

The Focus of Strategic Engagement

Engagement and Discretionary Effort

Interaction of Cause and Effect
The Remainder of the Book

2. The “Feel and Look” of Employee Engagement

The Feel of Engagement





Cross-Cultural Issues in Describing the Feelings of Engagement

Summary: The Feel of Engagement

The Look of Engagement: Employee Behavior



Role Expansion


Summary: The Look of Engagement

Strategically Aligned Engagement Behavior

On Commitment, Alignment, and Internalization

What About Employee Satisfaction?

Where Does This Take Us?

3. The Key to an Engaged Workforce: An Engagement Culture

What is Organizational Culture?

Creating a Culture for Engagement: How People are Valued in Organizations

The Central Role of a Culture of Trust in Employee Engagement

Trust in Senior Leadership, Trust in Management, and Trust in the System

The Role of Fairness in a Culture of Engagement

Culture Emergence

Learning the Culture

Do the People or the Environment Make the Culture?

The Role of the Work Itself in a Culture of Engagement

The Role of Monetary Incentives in a Culture of Engagement

Does Organizational Success Impact Employee Engagement?

The Role of Culture in Creating Strategic Employee Engagement

How Culture Supports Alignment


4. Phase 1 of Creating and Executing an Engagement Campaign: Diagnostics and the Engagement Survey

Pre-Survey Diagnostic Activities

Step 1: Conduct the Background Check and Acquire the “Language”

Step 2: Engage Leadership to Define Strategic Engagement and the Supporting Culture

Step 3: Craft the Engagement Messaging

The Engagement Survey

Writing Questions that Focus on the Feelings of Engagement

Writing Questions that Focus on Behavioral Engagement

Writing Generic Behavioral Engagement Survey Questions

Writing Questions that Focus on Creating the Employee Capacity to Engage

Writing Questions that Focus on Whether People Have a Reason to Engage

Writing Questions that Focus on Whether People Feel “Free” to Engage


5. Phase 2 of Creating and Executing an Engagement Campaign: Action Planning and Intervention

Survey Results Interpretation


Survey Results Feedback

Feedback at the Executive Level

Feedback at the Managerial Level

Communicating Survey Results Company-Wide


Preparing the Organization for Taking Action

Commitment for Action

Resources and Tools That Facilitate Action Planning and Change

Variants on the Action Planning Model

How Much Measurable Change is Possible?

Actual Changes That Build and Maintain Engagement

Interventions that Build Confidence and Resiliency

Interventions that Enhance Social Support Networks

Interventions that Renew or Restore Employee Energy

Interventions that Enhance the Motivation to Engage

Interventions that Enhance the Freedom to Engage

Interventions Focused on Process Fairness

Interventions Focused on Outcome Fairness

Interventions Focused on Interactional Fairness

Leadership Behavior and Engagement


6. Burnout and Disengagement: The Dark Side of Engagement

Disengagement: Early Unmet Expectations at Work

The Nature and Trajectory of Burnout

The Components of Burnout

The Trajectory of Burnout

Is Burnout Inevitable?

Effective Coping With Burnout

Social Support

Autonomy and Job Control

Burnout, Workaholism, and Engagement: Resolution of the Paradox

Job Creep and the Erosion of Trust

Additional Stress Factors and Disengagement

Remedies and Interventions

The Need for Recovery

Other Interventions

Resistance to Change and Engagement: Another Dark Side of Engagement

How Should Engagement Initiatives be Communicated?


7. Talking Points: Introducing or Rethinking Engagement in Your Organization


Subject Index

Author and Name Index

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