By dd on Dec 14, 2009
In her latest post Marcy is lamenting the state of employee engagement at Sun. She cites the lack of "green teams" and inactivity in the Eco Facebook community as evidence for her sense that employee engagement hasn't gotten going to the extent that it has in other companies where "green teams" have taken off.
But I wonder if we really take our motto, "Every job is an eco job", to heart, and we look at what's taking place in the organization, are these valid ways to measure employee engagement?
For example, our Workplace organization has made serious strides in embedding sustainability into their activities for this year, embodying the "Every job..." concept. But since they're already a team, would it make sense for them to register as a "green team"? Do they need to share the ideas they're working on within their org on Facebook, since they already have the authority and budget to act on them?
I could cite similar examples for what's going on in energy efficient design in the product teams, or the great work our datacenter teams have done creating much more efficient IT and labs for Sun.
My realization from reading Marcy's blog and thinking about this is that if you really execute on "Every job...", then it just becomes part of what they do, and it gets harder to see exactly what they are doing and how they are doing it. A parallel may be to say "Every job is a business job", which in a company is generally true. But that doesn't mean that every employee self-identifies as a business person, or as part of a business team.
Ironically, one of the reasons we started the "Every job..." campaign was that we realized there was lots of opportunities in areas we didn't know anything about, so we wanted people to find them themselves. What we didn't think about was that folks might buy into the idea, find opportunities we didn't see, do the work, and we'd never find out!
Finally, I don't want to risk overstating what we've accomplished in employee engagement. We've got a long way to go. But I also don't want to miss out on what is happening. In at least some areas I don't believe we have a disconnect in employee engagement, but instead its a failure of recognizing and measuring employee engagement.