Employee Engagement Weekly Roundup 11/20/2015

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.

HR Directors Must Sell CSR To Win Millennial Job Candidates

New research done by Global Tolerance emphasizes how highly Millennials value corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts when looking for a job—Millennials even rank meaningful work above salary when it comes to deciding on employers. To stay competitive, HR Directors have had to adapt to these growing trends. This article shares four ways HR can effectively recruit Millennials. Two of our favorites: 1) help employees align their job function and CSR passion, and 2) offering collaborative, energy efficient work environments.

Thriving Cultures Are Built With Recognition and Praise

Unfortunately, most companies tend to focus their recognition efforts only on revenue-based achievements and teams, but companies may be missing out on a huge opportunity by doing so. Employees are motivated and validated by praise, and public acknowledgment will only help set the workplace standard of recognition. The author details five behaviors every company should start to recognize to better the company culture, drive sales, and overall aid in the company’s success.

Employee engagement: are your happy workers disengaged?

Understanding the differences between happy employees and engaged employees is very important, as only the latter directly relates to an employee’s work performance. Engagement at work is strongly related to helping progress the business forward while happiness is an emotional state of personal well-being. Employees who are happy but not engaged lack awareness, lack the belief they can make a difference, and resist change (since they are happy with the current state of things). The author explains that creating an engaged workforce has everything to do with a company’s culture, and the key to changing culture is a commitment from leadership to create the conditions for engagement.

4 Ways To Make Workplace Wellness A Culture Win

Workplace wellness programs have gotten a lot of recognition as an effective way to increase employee engagement. Companies that are implementing wellness programs are experiencing both short and long-term benefits. Short-term benefits include increases in employee productivity and mental clarity, and long-term benefits, such as reductions in overall health care costs. The article offers four ways companies can effectively implement their own workplace wellness programs—two of our favorites include offering wearable technology and incentives.

How a Fast Casual Chain Shows Employees Their Work Matters

Technology can be a great tool in fueling a culture of purposeful work as it connects employees, empowers them, provides accessibility to volunteering opportunities, and allows employees to truly understand and interact with their company’s culture. Maintaining a purpose-driven culture should always be a priority, but it is especially important while scaling your business. Founder of b.good food chain, Jon Olinto, shares insight into how his company successfully used technology to grow their business, all while maintaining a close-knit culture of meaningful work.