I recently came across a question you might want to add to the lists of questions you ask job applicants and those you ask in your “stay/retention” conversations:
“What does a good day at work look like?”
Respondents may reply that a good day is having accomplished something important. Or they may focus on solving a customer issue, making a significant discovery, healing a patient, or rewiring a machine nobody else could fix. (“Whenever the boss is gone, it’s a good day!” invariably shows up too.)
Whatever the answers, you’ll notice responses rarely relate to perks or compensation. Second, employees intuitively know how engagement feels — and when it’s not present.
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