I’m aware that I have gone on, ad nauseam, about the difference between the interaction/connection definition of engagement and the energy/effort definition. I’ve done so because I think that a lot of the shortcomings realized from engagement initiatives stem from a fundamental misunderstanding—or perhaps willful ignorance—when it comes to that definitional difference.
While leaders may appear to be coming to grips with engagement with their all-hands meetings and breakout sessions, they are actually substituting the interaction/connection definition for the one--energy/effort--that makes them uncomfortable. This is roughly equivalent to going to the dentist and participating in close-order marching maneuvers instead of having your cavities filled so that the drilling won’t be so painful.
Hope that helps. If not, just rinse, spit, and move on.