Labor Can Be Love: Behavior Change is Key to Employee Engagement

Although Gallup has quantified the problem of only about one in eight workers are psychologically committed to their jobs and likely to be making positive contributions to their organizations, employee engagement is a complex issue with many influencing factors. Specifically, the problem of the increasing rate of distraction and multitasking in the workplace is wreaking havoc with the ability to focus on strategic initiatives. Employees are being hijacked by notifications, task switching and the overwhelming temptation to multitask anytime, anyplace and on any device.

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Employee Engagement Triggers: An Instrument for Change

With statistics showing that upwards of about 30 percent of people who make New Year’s resolutions will abandon them by the end of January, it may seem the odds are against behavior change. But according to Charles Duhigg, in his New York Times Bestseller book, The Power of Habit, the science behind behavior change suggests just the opposite. Duhigg breaks it down to a cycle called ‘The Habit Loop’ and it consists of the following triggers:

The Trigger: the event that starts the action.
The Routine: the action that you take to change the behavior.
The Reward: the benefit that is associated with the behavior.

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The Power of Incentives and Collective Action

How much is a habit worth? Often, you know you want to make a change, but getting from wanting to build a positive habit and actually following through, can be really difficult. In fact, on average, it takes 66 days of doing an action before it becomes a habit (Source: Huffington Post). One way to boost motivation is to use incentives. Gyms, for example, offer promotions, but this only incentivizes you to join the gym, not necessarily change your behavior.

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Why employee recognition may be as easy as uploading a picture

If you consider that according to Josh Bersin, CEO and President of Bersin & Associates, there is a $46 billion market for recognition, it is clear that employee recognition programs can be quite costly. But according to some recent studies, the most effective aspect of a employee recognition strategy may actually be the cheapest. Continue reading

Robin Krieglstein: Behavior Change Designer Extraordinaire

When WeSpire was founded, we set out to build an app that helped people embrace sustainable choices. We felt that new technologies like social networks and mobile, game mechanics and great content could be melded together to make it easier for people to take new actions. Organizations across the world are starting to realize this as well, and it is expected that by 2015 40% of all Fortune 1000 companies will use gamification to transform business operations (Source: Forbes). Continue reading