The Stepford Employee Fallacy

The Truth about Employee Engagement in the Modern Workplace

Non-Fiction - Business/Finance
280 Pages
Reviewed on 07/15/2018
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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

In the opening pages of this spellbinding nonfiction business book, The Stepford Employee Fallacy: The Truth about Employee Engagement in the Modern Workplace, Jonathan D. Villaire states the purpose of the book in unequivocal terms: “In the following pages, I will be dismantling the contemporary understanding of employee engagement and debunking the beliefs of business leaders who have unrealistic expectations for their workforce.” He then proceeds to do just that, unveiling the false beliefs that have been propagated by traditional business culture over the years, to wit, that engaged employees are willing to go the extra mile, forget their personal problems once at work, be brand ambassadors, give respect to managers just because of their title, handle a stressful workplace with equanimity, and many others.

This author debunks these myths and explains why the number of disengaged employees is on the rise in the contemporary business environment and what it means for businesses. The author explains with surprising clarity why employees aren’t engaged, considering factors related to the socio-political environment, the influence of technology, and the place of the economy. In the heart of this book is the concept of building relationships and creating healthy work spaces, a concept that the old school isn’t familiar with. Jonathan D. Villaire writes with intelligence, employing a style that is accessible and filling the writing with a lot of humor. He uses examples that readers are familiar with and conveys his message succinctly. The Stepford Employee Fallacy: The Truth about Employee Engagement in the Modern Workplace is a discussion that managers and business owners need to participate in if they want to drive employee engagement and achieve more positive results for their business. A generous offering for those running teams or companies. Highly recommended.


Having lived a number of experiences that resonated with themes in this book has given me newfound respect for Mr. Villaire for speaking up about the elephants in the corporate boardroom. Speaking up about realities many face with hapless leaders often leads to agitation and heartache .... with an obvious result of disengagement and attrition. Unless leaders start recognizing employees as humans, and not robots to be reprogrammed on a whim, business goals will suffer and politics will corrupt the working environment. In short... this book presents a brazenly new concept to leadership and I can attest IT WORKS.

Excellent writing and research to back up these claims makes this book a solid top spot in must reads.