WeSpire Releases Sixth Annual State of Employee Engagement Report

Data indicates only 36% of employees believe their company has an engagement strategy; finds greatest growth in diversity and inclusion and recognition programs

 

Boston, Massachusetts, March 21st, 2018WeSpire, the award-winning employee engagement platform focused on positive impact initiatives, released their sixth annual survey results today regarding employee engagement trends.  In the research report, The State of Employee Engagement 2018, findings include that an employee engagement strategy is critical to recruitment and retention, that rewards programs have seen a significant uptick in engagement, and that the vast majority of employees want their company to be a force for positive impact in the world.

The survey is the sixth iteration in a series based on research conducted to assess how organizations engage employees.  Brighter Planet, a leader in sustainability technology and research that disbanded in 2013, conducted the first two surveys in 2009 and 2011, and WeSpire continued the research beginning in 2014.For this report, WeSpire surveyed more than 1,500 people over the age of 18, employed full time in the United States. Professionals working in Human Resources were intentionally omitted from the survey.

Forbes has named 2018 the year of employee experience. Companies with a well-defined company culture have employees that are happy, productive and loyal to their workplace. With WeSpire’s latest research showing that 58 percent of the job force is actively looking for or open to new opportunities, now is the time that companies should focus on employee engagement and develop a company culture that employees want to stay at.

This latest research highlights that having an employee engagement strategy gives employers a competitive advantage in recruiting, retaining and engaging employees. It also identifies significant connections between employee engagement levels and formal engagement programs that include wellbeing, positive culture, social impact, sustainability and more. Engagement strategies are particularly critical to large corporations. Those without an engagement strategy were 14 times more likely to have highly disengaged employees.

The survey also showed that employees want their employers to develop a positive culture. Positive culture programs provide individuals with a sense of purpose and satisfaction and change the way that people view their role and their employer. The data demonstrates a 20 percent gap between employees wanting to work for a company that makes a positive impact and believing their company actually makes a positive impact in the world.

Finally, the survey results show that employees want more fluid communication and transparency in the workplace. Only 23 percent of employees think their company is very effective at communicating engagement opportunities.

About WeSpire

WeSpire provides companies with a technology platform to design, run and measure the impact of their employee engagement initiatives. On WeSpire, employees from around the world participate in sustainability, social impact, wellbeing and positive workplace culture programs. These programs encourage employees to take action that are good for them, good for the company and good for the world we live in. For more information, visit www.wespire.com, contact us at info@wespire.com, or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

 Media Contact:
Julia Li
jli@wespire.com
636-575-3536

 

WeSpire launches new Wellbeing and Positive Culture modules

Partners with Urban Labs to develop Diversity & Inclusion programming as part of Positive Culture and expands analytics capabilities

 

Boston, Massachusetts, January 11th, 2018WeSpire announced today an expansion of their award-winning employee engagement SaaS platform to include two new modules, Wellbeing and Positive Culture, which enable forward-thinking companies to improve employee wellbeing and create and sustain positive organizational values, behaviors, and cultures. The WeSpire platform is currently the market leader in sustainability and corporate social responsibility programs used by customers including MGM Resorts, Unilever and Cox Enterprises.

Forbes has named 2018 “The Year of Employee Experience”. In companies with a strong and positive culture, employees are happy, productive, and loyal to their workplace. Research conducted by Gallup demonstrates that the business case for corporate social responsibility has grown beyond environmental sustainability and social impact to include positive workplace culture and employee wellbeing as critical competitive advantages in the modern economy.

WeSpire’s expansion into the Wellbeing and Positive Culture market is rooted in their existing segment-leading expertise in Sustainability and Social Impact tools. “We’ve seen our customers use our behavioral program design tools to create their own Wellbeing, Positive Culture and even affinity group programs, proving that there is significant unmet demand for a behavior change platform that hosts, markets, and measures employee engagement efforts across the enterprise. Our powerful analytics engine enables HR, Communications, Sustainability, and Corporate Citizenship leaders to demonstrate the business value of each of these initiatives.” said Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder & CEO of WeSpire.

With today’s release of two new modules, the WeSpire engagement platform now offers four program types, each with a Library of ready to run employee Campaigns, Events, and Competitions. WeSpire also recently launched Ideaboards, a crowdsourcing tool that allows employees to submit, vote, and comment on new ideas to collectively bring the best innovations forward. WeSpire’s extensive built-in reporting and analytics compares each program’s impact on employee engagement and retention, as well as measuring program specific goals.

Companies can customize the content of each module by creating unique campaigns or modifying content from the Library. In addition to content created in-house by WeSpire, the Library contains initiatives authored by WeSpire’s Fortune 500 customers and third-party content experts. One such expert program partner is Urban Labs, an organization which works with businesses to integrate diversity and inclusion into leadership and corporate culture.  “Urban Labs helps corporations reveal and eliminate the unconscious bias that prevents effective communication. Partnering with WeSpire to launch their Understanding Implicit Bias programs forwards our mission of creating inclusive workplace cultures,” said Malia Lazu, Executive Director of Urban Labs.

WeSpire’s new Wellbeing Module is prominently featured in the #MakeAmericaWell campaign launched by co-founder & CEO of Mindbody Online, Rick Stollmeyer. The campaign encourages business leaders to commit to holistic investments in employee wellness and recommends WeSpire’s revolutionary technology to improve employee wellbeing.

About WeSpire

WeSpire provides leading companies around the globe with a technology platform to design, run and measure the impact of their employee engagement initiatives. On WeSpire, employees are inspired to participate in sustainability, social impact, wellbeing and positive workplace culture programs that improve business performance and build a better working world. For more information, visit www.wespire.com, contact us at info@wespire.com, or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Media Contact:
Julia Li
jli@wespire.com
636-575-3536

Game on: 7 approaches to hack employee engagement

By Anya Khalamayzer

August 25, 2017

We’ve entered an age of employee engagement. Professional workers’ expectations have shifted as society comes to terms with emerging millennial values and the techno-centric outlook of startups seeking to scale.

A strong company culture can keep employees productive, happy and loyal to a workplace. According to Gallup, engaged teams show less employee turnover and absenteeism, 17 percent higher productivity and 21 percent profitability.

Corporate culture is a shared set of values communicated as goals among all levels of management. Sustainability is a powerful way to engage employees around specific, reachable and even mandatory goals.

From our various GreenBiz and VERGE events, each of the following companies below reveals how embedding environmental values within its culture led to a stronger, happier and more profitable organization.

The social network ‘butterfly effect’

Susan Hunt Stevens, CEO of WeSpire, once set out to rid her home of disposable paper products. To her dismay, she calculated that completing her goal contributed to saving one-third of a tree.

“What if it’s not just the actions we take and the impact they have?” she asked audiences at GreenBiz Forum 15. “What if, in fact, it matters because those actions influence others, and it’s part of changing social norms and changing society as a whole? What if you could prove that you could catalyze a movement?”

Her company, WeSpire, harnesses the social “butterfly effect” of workplace networks to influence employees to take action on recycling, water conservation and even safety and cyber security.

“We have a petri dish of 30 companies [with 1 million employees] to see what drives engagement” to close the gap between employees wanting to be more sustainable and actually doing it.

Q&A with Susan Hunt Stevens, founder and CEO, WeSpire

Q&A with Susan Hunt Stevens, founder and CEO, WeSpire

By Ankush Gupta

July 13, 2017

Recognized expert in the use of social and game mechanics to drive positive behavior change and former CMO at The New York Times Company and SVP/GM of Boston.com, Susan Hunt Stevens is the founder and CEO of WeSpire, an employee engagement platform. In this interview, Susan talks about WeSpire and also shares her views on the trends and technologies in the HR space.

Let’s start by briefly introducing WeSpire. In a sentence, what is WeSpire and what’s its unique value proposition?
WeSpire is a SaaS-based technology platform that leading organizations use to design, run, and measure positive impact programs, including but not limited to, corporate culture, wellbeing, social impact, and sustainability. These programs encourage employees to make decisions that are good for them, good for the company, and good for the world we live in.  WeSpire is the only platform that provides organizations with the flexibility to manage all of these programs and measure the impact they’re having on employee engagement in one centralized location for employees.

Is yours a point solution or a suite? Why did you choose to build what you built?

WeSpire started as an engagement platform focused on sustainability. However, two years ago, our customers began to ask us to support a much broader range of employee engagement programs including corporate social responsibility, health and wellbeing, corporate culture initiatives, diversity & inclusion, financial wellbeing and more. 

In order to handle the range and scale of programs requested, we built tools into the WeSpire platform that enable customers to design, run, and measure the impact of any employee engagement program they decide to run. They can also choose to share any program they design with others in our customer network. This has helped us to scale from a library of 200 employee engagement campaigns, to an estimated 1800 that will be run this year. These features and capabilities have transformed WeSpire into a much broader platform solution.

The ROI of Purposeful Leadership, Engaging Consumers and Employees Around Sustainability

The ROI of Purposeful Leadership, Engaging Consumers and Employees Around Sustainability

By Alex Smith

May 26, 2017

Susan Hunt-Stevens, founder and CEO of WeSpire, summarized research that connects engagement to tangible benefits, such as a 3 percent revenue boost from a 5 percent increase in employee engagement. They found surprising and encouraging evidence that employee engagement can even carry over to customer loyalty, influencing revenue stream. She noted that often, employees don’t understand how the sustainability program at their company connects personally to them and their role. This is an opportunity area for companies to tackle in the future.

Engaging Employees Around Community Action

Engaging Employees Around Community Action

By Gina-Marie Cheeseman

May 4, 2017

Engaging employees in community action is a win-win for companies: It improves corporate image, makes the workplace more enjoyable and, of course, benefits the community.

“The first step to engaging employees in community action is to develop a corporate strategy,” Susan Hunt Stevens, founder and CEO of the employee engagement platform WeSpire, told TriplePundit.

Learn the Four C’s of a Successful Employee Volunteer Program

Learn the Four C’s of a Successful Employee Volunteer Program

By Kristen Carlson

April 27, 2017

Nearly three-quarters of employees say their job is more fulfilling when they have opportunities at work to make a positive impact on social and environmental issues, and 77 percent say it’s important their employer provides them with hands-on activities around social and environmental responsibility, according to Cone Communications. It’s no wonder that we’re seeing a growing interest from businesses on how they can develop employee volunteering programs that positively impact employees, the workplace, and the world. Read More…

Humanscale Announces Five Sustainable Initiatives

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Humanscale, the leading manufacturer of ergonomic tools for the workspace, is announcing five new sustainability initiatives that aid in its mission to create a net positive impact on the earth. The company will also host an Earth Day event in its New Jersey facility to demonstrate its commitment to sustainable design and manufacturing and to educate the local community.

Over five years ago, Humanscale Founder and CEO Robert King hired Sustainability Officer Jane Abernethy to transform Humanscale’s sustainability program into a globally recognized model of excellence. King comments, “Being a net positive manufacturer is not only about reducing harm, but about actively making a positive impact on our communities and the environment. Abernethy adds, “We want factories to be like trees and companies to be like a forest. A tree’s job is to grow and thrive. It uses some resources, but it gives back more than it takes.”

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Leading Global Organizations Turn to WeSpire for Employee Engagement Support in 2016

BOSTON – January 12, 2017 – WeSpire, the positive business technology company, experienced a landmark year in terms of customer acquisition, client success, product advancement and more. Through its award-winning technology platform, WeSpire helps connect employees with their company’s sustainability, wellbeing, volunteerism and other positive business programs, ensuring that employees find purpose, fulfillment and engagement in the workplace.

Leading research from reputable organizations, including Gallup and Aon Hewwit, have proven that companies with high percentages of engaged employees experience higher retention, profitability, customer satisfaction, and employee safety levels. The overwhelming evidence around the value of employee engagement, has resulted in a growing interest for an employee engagement solution, and a $74.3 billion industry has developed out of it.

WeSpire’s positive business approach to employee engagement has resonated with many of the world’s most innovative companies. Among the companies that signed on to license WeSpire in 2016 are a Fortune Global 15 high-tech electronics manufacturing company, a publically-traded multinational food and beverage company and one of the world’s leading technology companies which creates business and financial management solutions.

Among WeSpire’s current client roster are 12 U.S. Fortune 800 companies and eight Fortune Global 500 companies. Together, WeSpire’s clients employ more than 1.3 million people around the world. In 2016, WeSpire’s users took and recorded nearly two million positive actions on the WeSpire platform, saving:

  • Nearly 355 tons of waste
  • More than 6,000 Mwh of energy
  • More than 6,000 tons of emissions
  • Nearly a quarter million gallons of fuel
  • More than 118 thousand gallons of water

A YEAR OF INNOVATION

In 2016, WeSpire announced its most exciting product update to-date: WeSpire Campaigns. This new utility allows companies to easily create and customize every aspect of their positive impact campaigns. With WeSpire Campaigns, companies can develop positive business programs on their WeSpire platform that are specific and localized to their company and if desired, share them back with the WeSpire network of clients through the behavioral programs library.

“By giving our clients the power to design and customize their own positive impact campaigns on the WeSpire platform, we are increasing their ability to take our battle tested, best in class behavioral programs and align them with their own branding, language and industry or location specific knowledge, says Susan Hunt Stevens, CEO and founder of WeSpire. “This is a win-win for our clients and we’re excited to see how they harness these new capabilities and share their ideas back into our community of customers.”

WeSpire also unveiled its Events tool to customers in 2016. Companies use Events to coordinate positive business events such as volunteer days, employee seminars and workshops, and food and clothing drives. With the tool, employees can register for events and event managers are able to promote the event, communicate with registrants and even manage shifts and paperwork. To-date WeSpire customers have logged more than 45,000 volunteer hours with the Events tool.

The hard work that the WeSpire team has put in to making a leading employee engagement technology platform was recognized and awarded multiple times this year. In March WeSpire’s Behavior Project Library was awarded an Edison Award in the category of Workplace Resources.  In April, WeSpire won the award for Best Employee Efficiency Technology at the 2016 MITX Awards. In November, Susan Hunt Stevens won a Stevie Award in the category of Female Entrepreneur of the Year in Business Products.

About WeSpire

WeSpire provides corporations with a technology platform to design, run and measure the impact of their employee engagement initiatives. On the WeSpire platform, employees from around the world participate in sustainability, volunteering, health and wellness, corporate culture, diversity inclusion, recognition and other custom programs. These programs encourage employees to take actions that are good for them, good for the company and good for the world we live in. For more information, visit www.wespire.com, contact us at info@wespire.com, or follow us on TwitterLinkedIn and Facebook.

 

WeSpire Wins Bronze Stevie® Award at 2016 Stevie Awards for Women in Business

Women Around the World Recognized at Event in New York City

BOSTON – December 6, 2016 – Susan Hunt Stevens, CEO and founder of WeSpire has been named the winner of a bronze Stevie® Award in the category for Female Entrepreneur of the Year in Business Products (11 to 2,500 employees) at the 13th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business.

sawib16_bronze_vStevens founded WeSpire in 2009 to help global companies engage their employees in positive business programs that drive business value and social impact. Using her expertise in social and game mechanics, Stevens based the development and design of the WeSpire platform in behavior change theory. In 2015 WeSpire was presented with a Silver Stevie® Award in the Startup of the Year: Business Services Industries category.

“I’m so grateful to have been honored by the Stevie Awards for the second time. While this award may just have my name on it, WeSpire’s success must be attributed to the many intelligent and passionate people with whom I’ve shared this adventure,” said Stevens.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business are the world’s top honors for female entrepreneurs, executives, employees and the organizations they run. All individuals and organizations worldwide are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. The 2016 awards received entries from 31 nations and territories.

Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word for “crowned,” the awards were presented to winners last night during a dinner event attended by more than 500 people at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.  The event was broadcast on Livestream.

More than 1,400 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in more than 90 categories, including Entrepreneur of the Year, Executive of the Year, Company of the Year, Startup of the Year, Women Helping Women, and Women Run Workplace of the Year, among others.

Stevie Award winners were selected by more than 160 professionals worldwide who participated in the judging process this year.

“Each year we think the quality of achievements portrayed in Stevie-winning nominations couldn’t possibly get any better, and each year the amazing women who are recognized in this program prove us wrong,” said Michael Gallagher, Stevie Awards founder and president.  “We are thrilled and humbled to be able to recognize so many outstanding women in the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and to share the stories of their achievement with the world.”

Details about the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of Stevie Award winners are available at www.StevieAwards.com/Women.

About WeSpire

WeSpire provides corporations with a technology platform to design, run and measure the impact of their employee engagement initiatives. On WeSpire employees from around the world participate in sustainability, volunteering, health and wellness, corporate culture, diversity inclusion, recognition and other custom programs. These programs encourage employees to take actions that are good for them, good for the company and good for the world we live in. For more information, visit www.wespire.com, contact us at info@wespire.com, or follow us on TwitterLinkedIn and Facebook.

About The Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 60 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at http://www.StevieAwards.com.