Employee engagement seems to be the buzzword constantly reverberating throughout the global HR arena. But is it legitimate?

I mean, really, does it matter if employees are engaged? Are organizations with engaged employees any better off?

And I’m not talking about employees being better off emotionally (no one cares about that). I mean does the company have a stronger financial performance and operational efficiency with engaged employees? If not, then employee engagement is just another time-wasting hoax for executives to deal with until the HR department comes up with a bigger-and-better distraction to throw their way.