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Develop an Engagement Program Strategy

Employee engagement is more than a survey. To have a measurable impact on your organization, be planful and develop an engagement program strategy.

  • Inadequate resources are allocated to engagement programs. Although many organizations measure employee engagement at least annually, only 8% of HR’s time is prioritized for employee engagement and culture (McLean & Company, 2022 HR Trends Survey, N=405).
  • Poor communication of engagement programs has resulted in a lack of buy-in from employees and leaders.
  • Not acting on survey results is contributing to lower engagement and eroded trust for many employees.

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Critical Insight

Move beyond focusing on employee engagement surveys and use an engagement program strategy to planfully communicate the purpose and goals of engagement to gain traction and buy-in and determine ownership.

Impact and Result

  • Develop an engagement program strategy to drive organizational success.
  • Determine the approach to engagement by reviewing your organization’s engagement history and readiness for leader-driven engagement.
  • Prepare stakeholders for engagement by creating clear roles and accountabilities.
  • Communicate your engagement program strategy and plan for next steps past survey launch.

Develop an Engagement Program Strategy Research & Tools

2. Prepare stakeholders with roles and responsibilities

Identify stakeholders’ accountabilities and draft collaboration activities and resources.

3. Communicate engagement strategy and plan next steps

Map out a timeline, plan next steps for HR, and create the communication plan.

Workshop: Develop an Engagement Program Strategy

Workshops offer an easy way to accelerate your project. If you are unable to do the project yourself, and a Guided Implementation isn't enough, we offer low-cost delivery of our project workshops. We take you through every phase of your project and ensure that you have a roadmap in place to complete your project successfully.

Module 1: Develop an Engagement Program Strategy

The Purpose

  • Assess the organization’s history with engagement measures and readiness to make engagement a priority.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Foundational elements in place for a successful engagement program.




Review and identify the implications of the history of engagement measures and initiatives.

  • Current state analysis.

Assess readiness for leader-driven engagement.


Articulate the purpose of engagement.

  • Defined purpose for engagement at the organization.

Module 2: Select Engagement Measure(s)

The Purpose

  • Establish a clear link between an engaged workforce and organizational goals.
  • Select the best methods and frequency to gather employee feedback.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Selection of engagement measure(s) to support the goals of the engagement program.




Select goals and metrics for the engagement program.

  • Defined goals for engagement program.

Select which engagement measure(s) are most appropriate.

  • Selection of recommended engagement measure(s).

Module 3: Assign Roles and Plan for Communications

The Purpose

  • Outline next steps to successfully implement engagement measure(s).

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Defined roles and accountabilities.
  • Communications for senior leadership.




Outline and assign stakeholder roles and responsibilities.

  • Defined roles and accountabilities for engagement program.

Plan approach to gain senior leadership buy-in.

About McLean & Company

McLean & Company is an HR research and advisory firm providing practical solutions to human resources challenges via executable research, tools, diagnostics, and advisory services that have a clear and measurable impact on your business.

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Guided Implementation 1: Assess and determine your approach to engagement.
  • Call 1: Review your organization’s engagement history and readiness.
  • Call 2: Determine the engagement program’s purpose and prepare to set goals and metrics.

Guided Implementation 2: Prepare stakeholders with roles and responsibilities.
  • Call 1: Identify stakeholders and their roles and accountabilities.
  • Call 2: Prepare to support stakeholders with the resources needed to execute on their roles.

Guided Implementation 3: Communicate engagement strategy and plan next steps.
  • Call 1: Map out a timeline for the stages of the engagement program.
  • Call 2: Plan next steps for HR to support stakeholders.
  • Call 3: Articulate key messages and a communication plan.


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