The relationship between internal communication and employee engagement was the subject of two discussions published this week â€“ a half-hour podcast with the UKâ€™s â€œEngage For Successâ€ movement, and the latest Chuck Chat, an interview written in real time with Chuck Gose, who makes a massive contribution to the #internalcomms tribe with his podcasts, postings and interviews..
The podcast can be found at BlogTalkRadio, and the interview can be found on the blog site of Chuckâ€™s sponsor, Bananatag.
For me, itâ€™s heartening to continue to get air time for the idea that internal communication and employee engagement have become too close.Â As I see it, internal communication is strategically handcuffed by the need to align with employee engagementâ€™s focus on shaping and measuring the attitudes of all employees. In turn, the internal comms-driven drumbeat for ever-higher engagement survey scores and participation stifles the development more tailored and individually â€œengagingâ€ programming from the employee engagement community.
Whether this conversation will catch on is anyoneâ€™s guess.
Not so long ago, such thoughts could easily have been classified as heresy akin to â€œemployee engagement denial.â€ Now, thanks to Chuck Gose and Exchange For Success, thereâ€™s a willingness to sponsor and start the discussion, an absolutely critical and welcome step.Â Please feel free to join in.