Employee engagement is a topical issue beyond just the HR community. Like many such issues, however, employee engagement means something different to different people. This makes it fundamentally an umbrella term. Even in the report on the subject, commissioned originally by Prime Minister Tony Blair, authors David MacLeod and Nita Clarke gave up trying to find a common definition after identifying more than fifty viable definitions. So instead they distilled it down to 4 fundamentals, which can be even more briefly summed up as:-
- Strong strategic narrative
- Engaging managers
- Employee voice
- Organisational integrity
Fundamental though these may be, you could argue that they are still fuzzy. Certainly to get a clearer understanding of them you need to dive deeper.