employee engagement

Employee engagement, also called worker engagement, and a subset of stakeholder engagement is longstanding concept in business management. The theory is that when employees are engaged in the company’s activities, they’ll work a lot harder, which will ultimately benefit the company.

In sustainability circles, we talk about employees as one of the key stakeholders in an organization. We engage stakeholders because their feedback can provide insight into the core values of the company and the core sustainability issues facing the company. When employees are engaged, and their ideas are being implemented, it makes it much easier for sustainability initiatives to succeed.

Here are some stories about successful employee engagement initiatives around sustainability.

Starbucks Baristas Demand Equal Maternity Leave Benefits

Starbucks is being challenged by employees who say the company’s much-heralded maternity leave benefits are unfairly applied.

GM, Herman Miller Partner on Detroit Waste Diversion

GM is planning a billion-dollar office maker. And it's partnering with Herman Miller are partnering with the environmental firm Green Standards to find…

Startup Delivers On Future Tech’s Promise For the Disadvantaged

San Diego startup Veyo is using future-tech tools like big data and predictive software to deliver low-cost, non-emergency medical transportation for the economically…

This CEO Wants You to Use Data to Build a Better Workplace

What really makes a great place to work? That’s the question the Great Place to Work Institute has been researching for more than…

Humanize the Workplace to Increase Productivity

Remove negativity from your office and replace it with positivity and a healthy, happy work environment. Here’s how.

When Workaholism Stops Working: Humanity’s Last Stand Is on the Job

It’s time to stop coveting the workaholic lifestyle — it’s unhealthy and ultimately unproductive. Instead, encourage your company's employees to embrace a healthy…

Businesses Step Up Efforts to Ensure Paid Family Leave

Proponents say paid family leave helps reduce turnover and costs for both employees and the business. Companies like Yum! Brands are taking that…

Elon Musk Slams Criticism of Tesla Working Conditions, Promises Fun and Frozen Yogurt

Last week, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk hit back hard at allegations of unsafe working conditions at the company’s assembly plant in Fremont,…

Poor Indoor Air Quality Linked To Low Worker Productivity

Indoor pollutants are increasingly recognized as affecting overall health, but studies also link indoor air quality to cognitive function and mood.

Building a Better World Also Builds a Better Workplace

Everyone at a company — from the founder to its newest recruits — needs to work toward a better world. And that’s not…

How ‘Choice Theory’ Can Bring Harmony to Your Organization

Employee engagement suffers when leaders try to control others’ behavior. Instead, leaders should adopt seven caring habits to create a non-coercive, self-evaluative environment,…

11 Ways to Turn Entry-Level Millennials Into a Corporate Asset

Many entry-level employees, especially millennials, consider job satisfaction as important as salary. So, it'll take more than a few extra bucks to turn…

Thanks to Donald Trump, Corporate Social Responsibility Just Became Mainstream

The unintended consequence of President Donald Trump’s travel ban is the birth of a new era of corporate responsibility.

8 Social Impact Metrics you Need to Know About

How can you tell if your corporate responsibility efforts have an impact? These eight indicators can help.

Embracing a Five-Hour Workday

The notion of taking time off regularly may sound crazy to people who have fallen into the trap of believing that more is…