What Engaged Me Then, Doesn’t Engagement Me Now

One of my favorite 20th century philosophers, Mikhail Bakhtin, writes that when it comes to time and space, time is always a more powerful force.

And so it is with workplace engagement. When someone is starting out, certain elements of work matter more: money, training opportunitites, a quick and surefire path to the top.

However, over time, those elements that get you jazzed about your work evolve–dare I say, mature?

Developing others. Building something that lasts. Mission fulfillment. Making a difference. Recognition.

When it comes to getting employee engagement right, organizations have miles to go in catching up with what science and philosophy know, and, perhaps, science and philosophy have much to learn from what’s possible and practical in the workplace.

Regardless, leaders can do better in targeting their engagement practices at early-, mid-, and late-career professionals.

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