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If you look at the definition of employee engagement ,not a single definition would entail arranging cricket matches.
But,having said that,arranging cricket matches is the responsibility of HR department.
My question is-how do you classify it?

From India, Delhi
There are various perspectives for the concept of "Employee Engagement", one of those perspective is creating a stress free environment among employees, this can be achieved by different techniques, one of them is [email protected] activities, motto for arranging these activities is to give a break to employees from their normal routine work. Now coming to your query, cricket match is also a part of [email protected] activity as it gives employees a break and generate team spirit among them as somewhere it gets employees gelled and melled with each other and create a cohesiveness among groups, so there is no doubt cricket match is an employee engagement initiative.
I hope above clarification satisfies your doubt.
Cheers !

From India, Kollam
It depends and I agree to Ashu
Basically, for me employee engagement means to engage employees, management and stakeholders of the organisation with mission, vision and objective of the organisation in such a way to increase productivity and growth of the organisation. Now you see, how this cricket match is going to meet this objective,
As said by Ashu, this will make the employees happy, stress free and they might value more about organisation as it is caring about them. The fun may bring positive changes in them. Considering this, the cricket match can be treated as employee engagement activities which has indirect engagement.

From India, Mumbai
Well, the reason why cricket matches don't come in definitions in books could be that the companies those days didn't arrange sports matches between employees when the book was written or cricket was not popular in the country where the author of that book lived or the author was more of a football fan or just ignorant.

The whole objective of employee engagement is to make them feel a part of a living organization not just a place where they come, spend time, do something and get paid. A living organization would be a place I care about filled with people I care about. That should be the objective of any employee engagement program - to promote that feeling, and sports would be an excellent means of achieving that.

Plan a day off (or even on the weekend), get employees playing, get the others to watch and gauge the positive energy the whole exercise would generate. I'd infact suggest that a cricket match would rank up there with the most effective employee engagement activities.

From India, Delhi
Arranging cricket match or any programme for the employees falls under the domain of HR. But it cannot be successfully executed unless and until talented and resourceful employees come forward and take the initiative. This is a chance for employee to showcase his/her leadership skills. The logistics and other details should be taken care by HR. Even a programme committee can be formed including HR representative and interested employee who wants to conduct the event.
From India, Mumbai
Dear Collegues,

With due respects to some who have said that 'cricket' is an employee engagement activity and HR's involvement in this.

Am slightly amused to hear that arranging cricket matches is a part of Employee Engagement, and it falls under the domain of the HR Department, I would categorically refuse to take that argument for the pure reason that 'cricket' is played mostly in the Commonwealth Nations' primarily again because it emanated from Britain. And if we see the practice of HR it's global and most other countries in the world do not play cricket. Soccer that way is more global.

The second point that I wish to make is that HR should have the total and unconditional support of the management to make a real impact with their Employee Engagement programs. If this is yes, HR should engage and empower all the employees and involve them in devising activities that can keep people engaged out of the work. At best HR manages to get clearances especially on budgets that are ear marked for Employee Engagement Programs and through the Administration Department they should ensure things run smoothly. The next aspect for HR to consider in such cases would be to participate in such activities themselves being a part of it, if not on the field at least definitely off the field. They ought to be 'cheer-leaders.'

Whatever I have said here is a compliment to what our professional colleagues Bodhisutra, and Hope Govind, have said and partially of what Sandeep Asappmedia has.

From India, Hyderabad
Dear nishumoni1610, Employee Engagement (I will call it EE for the purpose of this discussion) can be viewed as a broad topic- which starts off with engaging prospective employees to the time even after employee leaves- or as a more micro concept- which discusses each and every step and interaction had with the employee.
As for taking various initiatives is concerned, it all depends on HR Dept's creativity. Creating ee initiatives is not budget bound, but only bound by creativity; and hence for the same reason, you maynot find an exhaustive list of ee activities. In other words, arranging a match is one of many initiatives taken to engage employees. And arranging a match will not make sure that your employees will be engaged, even less so, that all employees will be engaged. Pls note that here only those employees will be excited who have a good amt of interest in cricket. Also, ee is different than an engaged employee.

From India, Mumbai
Arranging Cricket match, any other sports activity or some social/cultural event is a part of HR activity. So it should not be considered as some thing which is out of purview of HR department. Rather it inculcates event management skills, team building skills and gives opportunity to employees to exhibit their other curricular interests / skills.
So keep on arranging such events. They also help in reducing work stress and gives entertainment opportunity to those who can not avail such opportunity otherwise.
AK Jain

From India, Jabalpur
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