1995 – The year the internet entered public consciousness, the DVD was launched and Toy Story, the first full length animated feature film, was released. It was the year Nick Leeson was arrested for the downfall of Barings Bank, the year of the Oklahoma City bombing and the end of the Bosnian war. John Major was in power and the youngest Generation Ys were yet to start school. It was also the year ORC International held its first Employee Engagement Conference. Except in those days ‘engagement’ wasn’t the buzz word it is now and we referred to it as our Employee Research Conference.
EVOLUTION OF ENGAGEMENT
It is strange to think of a time before employee engagement, for it has become such a fundamental part of human resource management and leadership. But in the 1990s we were still largely talking about employee satisfaction and commitment. In researching for this article I looked through our archives to source the slide decks from some of the early employee research conferences and I found that employee engagement didn’t hit the agenda until 2003. Read more here.