What is employee engagement for an employee?

employee engagement concept diagram hand drawing on whiteboard


An engaged employee is a person who is fully involved in, and enthusiastic about, his or her work.Engaged employees care about the future of the company and are willing to invest the discretionary effort – exceeding duty’s call – to see that the organization succeeds.


It is a direct reflection of how employees feel about their relationship with their boss, colleagues and pears.

Employees look at whether organizations and their leader walk the talk when they proclaim that, “Our employees are our most valuable asset.”



Employee expects organization should provide challenging and meaningful work with opportunities for their career advancement. Good leaders challenge employees; but at the same time, they must still feel the confidence that the challenges can be met. Not giving people the knowledge and tools to be successful is unethical and de-motivating; it is also likely to lead to stress, frustration, and, ultimately lack of engagement



People want to understand the vision that senior leadership has for the organization, and the goals that leaders or departmental heads have for the division, unit, or team.



Employees expect organization should clarify their expectations about employees and provide feedback on their functioning in the organization and the processes and procedures that help people in completing their tasks and facilitate goal achievement.


People like to contribute when they know that their input matters and that they are contributing to the organization’s success in a meaningful way.

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