Relationship of employee and employer has changed 180 degree compare to my Grandpa's time. It used to be the employer at certain level looking out for their employee. Both ends are looking for a long term relationship and loyalty was the key to a good employer-and-employee relationship.
It is no longer that. Number is the key to the employer. Living through a few lay-offs at work, I witness that. It is not good nor bad. It is a change. Unfortunately, I found this to be less human. The human factor of a employee-and-employer relationship seems to diminished through the years. Employment is just an exchange of benefit.
Employer tries to put some level of humanness into this relationship by adding Engagement because people are people. They need the human factor to motivate them in certain level. Employer cannot offer it all, so they provided a discounted humanness instead to keep the relationship from falling apart. However, the trust is no longer there.
Employee asks, "Why is my team not engaged and motivated when I've already have done so much for them." Is this what people are looking for? May be to motivate is just as simple as behaving in a way to look out for your employee. With action to show you care and appreciate their loyalty. Trust needs to be built for engagement and motivation to harvest. Short sighted decision in exchange for a temporary boost on the balance sheet is a costly price to pay.
Remember, "What you pay is what you get."
I grew a little older realizing this, haven't I?