Steve Radcliffe identified a scale of a person’s engagement. We have shown it in cartoon format. It will help you identify where a person is so that you can coach them up a level.
We see this being used in ‘one to one’ conversations and when asking a team member where they think they are in different aspects of their role and what they could do to move up the scale.
To us ‘job satisfaction’ sits around ‘willing compliance.’ Ask the teams who produced the Covid vaccines (in ten months) if they are satisfied, they would look at you like you had just landed from Mars!
Of course, if you are the Leader who is wilfully or grudgingly compliant, what impact are you having on your team? If you are in HR and know you have a few managers who fall into this category what would you do? Perhaps you would invite us to come and deliver some in-house Leadership training.