Employee Engagement News Roundup 11/13/2015

The WeSpire Employee Engagement Weekly News Roundup aggregates the top employee engagement articles from around the industry to keep you informed and inspire positive impact in your organization.

Why Meaningful Work Trumps Money

Employees who value their company’s mission tend to be more productive and have a larger sense of purpose than those who only work to get paid. The author explains that creating a culture of purposeful work starts at the top; executives and managers need to be willing to show employees how their work impacts the organization, and support their efforts. Creating a company culture centered around purpose and meaning can be a difficult task, and one that should not be taken lightly. It is important to understand what your employees value, become their role model to live out those values, and help each individual reach their full potential.

Millennials Care About Giving Back: Here’s Why Your Company Should Care Too

The new 2015 Millennial Impact Report recently found that over 30 million Millennials are employed and an incredible 84% of those employees made a charitable donation in 2014. Millennials want to be able to make an impact each and every day and are actively seeking out companies who provide them the opportunities to do so. The report offers four ways companies can attract and retain this growing generation through corporate giving. Two of our favorite ideas include turning philanthropy into a competition and utilizing digital giving platforms. The article goes on to explain that companies must be willing to adjust their employee perks if they hope to keep the growing millennial population engaged.

The Big Profits Behind Purpose

More and more companies are beginning to link purpose and strategy as they continue to seek competitive advantages and retain talent. For example, spending time and money on employee well-being has proven very effective for businesses as well as employees. This article shares the reasoning from major companies such as Levi Strauss, Aetna, and Charles Schwab: when employees feel respected and are treated well, they have a deeper connection with their company and as a result find the work that they do much more meaningful. When employees have a sense of purpose, research has shown they are more productive, go above and beyond, and make significant contributions to the overall success of their organization. At the recent Fortune Global Forum, Walt Bettinger, CEO of Charles Schwab summed it up by saying, “the lesson I’ve carried with me for the past 35 years: It’s not about being served. It’s about serving others.

Mainstreaming Sustainability: Business Imperatives for Making Sustainability Matter

If sustainability hasn’t always been at the core of your business it can be extremely difficult for your company’s new sustainable efforts to be taken seriously. The article explains that improving communication around your organization’s sustainable initiatives can help you increase credibility and stay competitive in the marketplace. The author provides insight into making your initiatives more credible: show more data, create superior products, be authentic, and understand how it all works. However, she believes our greatest improvements won’t come until we change the discussion from sustainable business to business for good.

Cultivating a culture of wellness is integral to employee engagement

Companies who provide employee wellness programs and initiatives find that their employees rate their job satisfaction much higher than those companies that don’t. This trend is causing employers to shift their focus from simply policing employee health, to focusing on employees’ overall quality of life. Advancements in technology have made this shift more accessible, but creating a culture that encourages employees to take advantage of these opportunities is where companies still fall short. The author explains the best ways to cultivate a company culture around wellness is to incentivize wellness programs, communicate your efforts, and commit—which all starts with top down support.