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Quiet Praise to Keep Employees Captive?

There are a lot of dumb ideas about employee engagement floating around out there. Most are not worth mentioning. This one is just dumb enough I feel compelled to share it. I’ll leave out which company cooked it up so they can destroy whatever copies they have left.

Here’s the passage that caught my attention:

Let’s follow the logic:

“I’d like to recognize you for your great work, but I’m just going to do it internally, because I don’t want someone finding out how good you are and coming to you with what might be a better job. After all, it’s not really about what you want; it’s about what I want from you.”

One of the best gauges of whether an engagement strategy is sound is whether you could share it with a straight face with your employees. Anyone who thought the document excerpted here was part of his manager’s playbook would get out as soon as she could. As she should.

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