Employee Engagement: What is the Relationship with Reward Management?

Reilly P, Brown D | HR Network Paper MP83 | Institute for Employment Studies | Dec 2008

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This paper (published as ‘Reward and Engagement’, in WorldatWork Journal, November 2008) sets out the relationship between reward and employee engagement as a valid and powerful area for future research and practice in reward management. It considers what employee engagement really means and why it is important (primarily because of the potentially powerful influence on organisation performance).

The paper presents a review of research evidence on the complex relationship between reward and engagement, and provides guidelines for practising a more engagement-focused approach. The authors conclude that employee engagement is not simply a new ‘fad’ but provides genuine scope for reward professionals to leverage a more powerful impact on their organisation’s performance.

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