Are employee involvement teams (problem solving teams) and employee engagement the same concept, if not what is the difference?  

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Lorraine Caplan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are many forms of employee engagement, and employee involvement teams are one form, so, no, they are not the same concept.  The idea of employee engagement is to allow employees to feel that their jobs are interesting and that they have important contributions to make.  This is what motivates us to work, not someone cracking the whip.  An employee involvement team engages everyone in the team in solving a problem, encouraging full participation and giving everyone a chance to be of value.  Other forms of employee engagement include giving employees more autonomy on their jobs, allowing them to explore new ideas independently, giving them increased responsibility, and allowing them to train in other areas.  Autonomy and challenge are the principle aspects of employee engagement, whether these are part of teamwork or individual efforts.