The Stepford Employee Fallacy: The Truth About Employee Engagement in the Modern Workplace

The Stepford Employee Fallacy: The Truth About Employee Engagement in the Modern Workplace

by Jonathan D. Villaire

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ISBN-13: 9781543933758
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 06/01/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 945,186
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Jonathan D. Villaire is a bridge-builder, truth-teller, and advocate for empathy. After years of observing disengaging leadership in the modern workplace, Jonathan founded Cognize Consulting with the aim of giving supervisors, managers, and executives a new perspective on employee engagement: See employees as human beings, not as human capital. Understand how to create an employee experience that increases retention and attracts top talent. Engage employees with a leadership mindset of curiosity, humility, and empathy. Jonathan holds a Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Nichols College in Dudley, Massachusetts, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Communication from Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts. He is also a Certified Professional Coach through the Center for Coaching Certification.

Table of Contents

Dedication ix

Acknowledgements xi

Author's Note xiii

Introduction xv

Part I Why Aren't Employees More Engaged? 1

Chapter 1 The Sad State of Employee Engagement in Today's Workplace 4

Chapter 2 Redefining What It Means to Be Disengaged 20

Chapter 3 Blame the MBAs, Bean Counters, Lawyers, and Bigwigs 35

Part II The Stepford Employee Fallacy 53

Chapter 4 Belief # 1: Engaged Employees Will Exert Discretionary Effort Just Because They're Getting a Paycheck 57

Chapter 5 Belief # 2: Engaged Employees Will Forget about Their Personal Problems When They Come in to Work 71

Chapter 6 Belief # 3: Engaged Employees Will Act as Brand Ambassadors Regardless of the Company's Current State, Its Culture, or the Quality of Its products 89

Chapter 7 Belief # 4: Engaged Employees Will Listen to and Respect You Just Because You Have a Title 110

Chapter 8 Belief # 5: Engaged Employees Will Sacrifice Personal Time in Favor of Company Needs 134

Chapter 9 Belief # 6: Engaged Employees Can Handle Stressful Workloads without Adequate Support, Resources, or Training 151

Chapter 10 Belief # 7: Engaged Employees Will Remain Loyal No Matter How They Are Treated or Whether They Are Fulfilled by Their Work 172

Part III The Reality of Employee Engagement 193

Chapter 11 Employee Engagement Is Not a Two-way Street 197

Chapter 12 An Engagement Driver All Great Workplaces Have in Common 213

Chapter 13 The Truth, As Told by Employees 228

Conclusion: Committing to Change the Modern Workplace 239

Index 251

About Cognize Consulting 261

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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite In the opening pages of this spellbinding nonfiction business book, The Stepford Employee Fallacy: The Truth about Employee Engagement in the Modern Workplace, Jonathan D. Villaire states the purpose of the book in unequivocal terms: “In the following pages, I will be dismantling the contemporary understanding of employee engagement and debunking the beliefs of business leaders who have unrealistic expectations for their workforce.” He then proceeds to do just that, unveiling the false beliefs that have been propagated by traditional business culture over the years, to wit, that engaged employees are willing to go the extra mile, forget their personal problems once at work, be brand ambassadors, give respect to managers just because of their title, handle a stressful workplace with equanimity, and many others. This author debunks these myths and explains why the number of disengaged employees is on the rise in the contemporary business environment and what it means for businesses. The author explains with surprising clarity why employees aren’t engaged, considering factors related to the socio-political environment, the influence of technology, and the place of the economy. In the heart of this book is the concept of building relationships and creating healthy work spaces, a concept that the old school isn’t familiar with. Jonathan D. Villaire writes with intelligence, employing a style that is accessible and filling the writing with a lot of humor. He uses examples that readers are familiar with and conveys his message succinctly. The Stepford Employee Fallacy: The Truth about Employee Engagement in the Modern Workplace is a discussion that managers and business owners need to participate in if they want to drive employee engagement and achieve more positive results for their business. A generous offering for those running teams or companies. Highly recommended.