You Can’t Spell ‘Employee EngAGEment’ Without ‘Age’

ageIf I had a dollar for every time a boss has said something like “Young people these days…” to me, I’d have enough money so that I wouldn’t have to listen to people like that say things like that. This recent press release speaks of (yet another) survey from (yet another) best places to work award. It does however denote some interesting findings on age and engagement.

Personally, I subscribe to an old-fashioned belief that people are people and, whilst it might make life easier and decisions simpler, to lump people into convenient categories and assign labels and generalisations, it doesn’t make it true. Some white people can jump and plenty of young people have a great work ethic. Both my kids are awesome (despite me) when they choose to be and they consistently choose to be at work. But that’s because their workplaces provide a structure and an environment with clear expectations, constant feedback and supports in place to keep them engaged, motivated and productive. They took part-time jobs for the money but what they do at work is far more influenced by their direct bosses and their colleagues than by their pay packets.

“According to Aon Hewitt’s latest Best Employers study into employee engagement, despite all the hype to the contrary, age does not in itself affect engagement and employees of all ages in fact want many of the same things.

“Career development opportunities and delivery on employment promises were both cited as of major importance. It seems that when it comes down to these broad areas, the generations have a lot in common in what they want from an employer…”

Give someone, young or old, a sense of progress, a feeling of being part of something, a degree of influence over how they do what they do. (That and a paycheque.)

About Terry Williams - The Brain-Based Boss

I'm all about engaging people and helping you engage yours to influence behaviour to improve results - at work and at home. Maybe you're a manager, a salesperson, a leader, a parent, a presenter or an event organiser? You need to grab your people's attention, create some rapport, be memorable and influence behaviour change. How can we do that? I'm originally a trainer by trade, turned manager, turned comedian and partway back again. Author of 'THE GUIDE: How to kiss, get a job & other stuff you need to know', I write and speak about how to engage people, be they employees, family or yourself. How can we connect with people’s own internal motivations and help them use their own inner passions to drive towards productivity, success and happiness? And hopefully have a few laughs along the way... As a trainer facilitating learning and development in others, I find myself drawing on my own extensive business experience. I specialise in the delivery of high impact, customised training solutions for organisations that are serious about improving the performance and lives of their people.

Posted on August 26, 2013, in Employee Engagement, Team Building, Team Leadership, Teams, The Brain-Based Boss and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. According to author “plenty of young people have a great work ethic” I am agree with this point. Good post. I look forward to reading more.

  2. Appreciate the fresh layout. I really liked this article. Credit for this impressive article.

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