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Paul Fairlie is President and CEO of Paul Fairlie Consulting, with 20 years experience in organizational, market, and opinion research, and consulting. He is a behavioural scientist with a solid foundation in organizational psychology, psychometrics, and data analysis. His primary areas of expertise are employee surveys, research and analytics, competency modeling, 360° feedback surveys, structured interviews, assessment centres, talent assessment, career coaching, seminars and workshops, and public speaking.

Paul has served clients across a wide range of industries with People Tech Consulting, Right Management Consultants, Environics Research Group, Shepell-fgi, and his own company. He is a former Director of Research at Shepell-fgi, where he oversaw employee health research involving thousands of organizations.

Paul is also an expert on meaningful work. He is the developer of the Meaningful Work Inventory®(MWI), a comprehensive employee survey of the most critical workplace factors known to organizational science. It includes all of the classic work dimensions that you would expect to find on an employee survey. But it also includes meaningful work dimensions, which are missing from most surveys, and are shown by research to be the strongest drivers of employee outcomes. It also measures engagement, satisfaction, commitment, effort, stay intentions, and other key employee outcomes. The MWI, with advanced analytics and smart reporting, enables you to prioritize a handful of the right things for action, with metric goals for change.

Paul has a Ph.D. in psychology and is a Sessional Assistant Professor at the School of Human Resource Management at York University. He has published in academic journals and has written for HR Magazine, HR Professional, Canadian HR Reporter,, and Vue Magazine. Paul is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the International Positive Psychology Association, and the International Network on Personal Meaning. He is a regular presenter at APA conventions and has been a speaker for the Human Resources Professionals Association, the Conference Board of Canada, and He also moderates the Meaningful Work group at
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Employee Engagement: Myths, Realities, & Next Steps for Your Organization


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Employee engagement has become ‘the’ HR buzz word. Every employer wants it. And yet, we still struggle to define and distinguish it from other things. It’s become everything and nothing to do with nearly all good employee attitudes and behaviours. As a result, we’re unable to harness what’s real and important.

It’s time to put on the brakes. Dr. Fairlie, an…


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At 11:16am on October 28, 2010, David Bowles said…
Glad to be connected with you Paul and look forward to your posts here! David
At 9:13am on December 2, 2009, David Zinger said…
Hi Paul,
Have a wonderful birthday today and all the best for the rest of the year. Take care and carry on caring.
At 5:44am on August 6, 2009, David Zinger said…
Hi Paul:

Welcome to the employee engagement network. I am pleased you joined us and I look forward to your contributions. I love the symbol for your site and your statement: We’re guided by science and meaning in everything we do. Our scientific side ensures that we’re precise, evidence-based, and informed by value-add analytics. We apply hard science to the management of soft, people factors. Our meaningful side ensures that we foster healthy and meaningful work. It’s not one or the other. They’re complimentary. It’s where the head meets the heart.

I trust you will find useful information and valuable interactions on this site. Let me know if I can assist you. I always appreciate another member from Canada joining this network that began in Winnipeg.

At 2:34pm on August 5, 2009, Paul Lush said…
Hi Paul! Welcome aboard....looking forward to your contributions.........Paul

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