Expanding Sustainability Engagement at Goodwill Through Spark Montgomery

Expanding Sustainability Engagement at Goodwill Through Spark Montgomery

By Anca Novacovici

December 5, 2016

This summer, Goodwill® Industries International (GII), together with other Montgomery County Certified Green Businesses, began using an online employee engagement platform to encourage staff to take a more active role in greening their offices and daily lives.

This fun social media initiative — dubbed Spark: Individual Actions, Collective Impact— is hosted by WeSpire. The WeSpire platform is also used by large organizations around the country such as Aveda, BASF, eBay, Sony, Unilever, and others as a way to embed sustainable behavior into their corporate culture.  Read More…

Five Pillars of Successful Employee Engagement

Five Pillars of Successful Employee Engagement

By Dana Manciagli

November 22, 2016

As the job market continues to gradually improve, employers are being held by their staff to new standards for positive and engaging workplace experiences.

Gone are the days where workers held onto their jobs for dear life. Instead, employees are constantly on the lookout for better opportunities, better perks, and overall better jobs —and, of course, the grass is always greener on the other side. Read More…

A Healthier Way to Have it All

A Healthier Way to Have it All

By Christa Elliott

October 14, 2016

Family life, social life, and work life—why not have it all? That’s the thought behind “work-life balance.” The term was coined in the 1980s, but the task turned out to be more demanding on workers than anyone anticipated. Luckily, there’s now a new game in town: work-life integration. Where work-life balance suggests that workers juggle and compartmentalize family, friends, and career, work-life integration rejects the idea that these things should be separated at all. Read More…


How to Create an Employee Engagement Strategy Using Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

By Susan Hunt Stevens, founder and CEO of WeSpire

October 13, 2016

Famed American psychologist, Abraham Maslow, is best known for creating Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. A theory to help us understand human motivation and what makes us happy, it is a list of basic human needs that must be fulfilled for maximum psychological health – or what Maslow calls self-actualization.

In this article we’ll walk through the eight stages of Maslow’s hierarchical list of needs and see how they can be applied to develop employee engagement programs that increase job satisfaction and productivity. Read More….

WeSpire Releases New Research on the State of Employee Engagement

New report finds that companies 40 percent of employees want their employer to make significant changes to their employee engagement strategy


BOSTON — A new survey from WeSpire, the positive business platform, offers insights into how employers can move the needle when it comes to employee engagement. In data collected from more than 1,000 US employees, just 34 percent of respondents reported that their employer has an official employee engagement strategy, and nearly 40 percent say that they would like to see their employer make significant changes to the strategy. The report, “The Driving Forces of Employee Engagement” also dives into the connection between employee engagement and an employee’s sense of purpose, finding that 90 percent of employees whose companies have an official employee engagement strategy feel that they are making a positive impact at their organization.

Employee engagement is an important issue for most senior executives, given that nationally only 32% of employees are engaged in their work, which costs companies an estimated $450 billion, according to Gallup. Nearly nine in ten executives in Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends 2016 report rated employee engagement as an important or very important priority for their companies – yet many companies still struggle to develop and implement successful programs for their employees.

“Companies know how critical employee engagement is to their business results, and employees are demanding more than ever from their employers – they want to feel a sense of purpose, be recognized for their work and make a difference. The answer is formal employee engagement programs with an emphasis on positive impact,” says Susan Hunt Stevens, founder and CEO of WeSpire. “We have found that companies with an official employee engagement strategy in place are 47% more likely to have employees that are very excited about their work.”

WeSpire’s research demonstrates the impact that formal engagement programs can have on employee engagement levels and employee satisfaction. This research helps organizations move beyond just measuring employee engagement levels, and provides insight into what types of programs spur change, improvement and action.

Other key findings from the report include:

  • 43 percent of people who are unenthusiastic and unengaged in their jobs have never participated in an engagement program
  • 83 percent of employees whose companies have sustainability programs believe their company is making a positive impact on society
  • Recognition, volunteering and health & wellness programs are the most popular programs offered by companies
  • The programs with the highest participation rates, when offered, are health and wellness, giving, volunteering, sustainability and culture programs.

The full research report can be downloaded here.

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.


Why ‘aha’ moments don’t drive sustainability innovation

By Mike Hower

July 6, 2016 

“Innovation is starting to not only be embedded as part of an employee engagement strategy around sustainability but also is one of the biggest business benefits that comes from engaging employees around sustainability programs,” said Susan Hunt Stevens, founder and CEO of WeSpire, during a recent GreenBiz webinar on innovation in employee sustainability initiatives.

Innovation typically isn’t the product of some random “aha” moment, she said. Instead, it comes from a process that, if managed carefully, can engage employees, bring new opportunities, improve operations and create customer value. And employee-led innovation can catalyze positive change.

Forbes Magazine

Creating An Engaged Organization By Focusing On Sustainability In The Workplace

By Jacob Morgan

July 5, 2016  

In Jacob’s latest podcast he talks with Kathrin Winkler, the chief sustainability officer at EMC, a massive global organization that offers products that enable customers to store, manage, protect, and analyze data. EMC started with helping businesses store data but evolved as the economy has transformed into the digitization of everything. It is a $25 billion company with 70,000 employees all over the world.

Jacob and Kathrin discuss the role of sustainability in business and how  it relates to employee engagement. Sustainability is more than just being green. It can mean many different things to different people but is basically a way of conducting business that serves the needs of the community of the planet, now and in the future. Kathrin believes that a sustainable organization looks at the world as a system to ensure that their business isn’t coming at the expense of our children. Sustainability is important to customers and Kathrin has found that EMC’s revenue through companies that care about sustainability increases year after year.


Gamification isn’t dead, it’s just one piece of the employee engagement puzzle

By Susan Hunt Stevens, CEO and founder of WeSpire

As recently as last year it was widely and optimistically accepted that applying game mechanics to corporate tasks, like rewarding points, levels or badges to completing a timecard or participating in a giving campaign would have a significant increase in employee engagement.

Business News Daily

What is Corporate Social Responsibility?

On Business News Daily, Susan Hunt Stevens, founder and CEO of WeSpire, shares her perspective on the definition of Corporate Social Responsibility and why it’s so important for corporations to undertake CSR initiatives.