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.

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Vacation Equality Project Seeks Mandated Leave for Americans

The Vacation Equality Project, led by Hotels.com, is leading an effort to have vacation leave mandated by U.S. law. But is it resonating?
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The Role of Touch in Business

According to one researcher, “Hugs have positive impacts on self-esteem, relationships and upon the body’s ability to cope with stress.”
The WeSpire team talks employee engagement at the organization's active booth at the 2014 Sustainable Brands conference in San Diego.

Millennials and the State of Employee Engagement

In response to employee demand, particularly from millennials, a growing number of employers are adopting an official engagement policy on sustainability. "People are…
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How This Residential Care Home Bumped Employee Engagement Into Overdrive

Executive Director and co-founder Dee DeLuca believes dynamic governance helped create a fundamental shift in Living Well, a senior care facility in Vermont,…
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Chipotle’s Cultivate Festival Serves Public and Employees Alike

The Cultivate Festival is one of the better public engagements around sustainability I've ever seen a company do - and it also has…
Corporate giving can take many forms, from staff volunteer days (like this tree-planting initiative at Yahoo!) to charitable donations. This post details five tips for getting involved.

5 Tips for Introducing a Charitable Giving Program to Your Company

However nice a corporate social responsibility initiative might sound on paper, you may find that your employees are reluctant to embrace charitable giving.…
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Employee Engagement: The ‘Human Thread’ Between Sustainability and Results

At SB'14 in San Diego, one unexpected theme seemed to come up over and over: employee engagement and its role in corporate sustainability.
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Do You know How to Keep Your Employees Satisfied and Motivated?

Innovation is the key when it comes to creating ways to engage employees. Have you got what it takes to create a happy…
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SAP’s ‘Autism at Work’ Initiative: An Insatiable Appetite for Improvement

In May of last year, SAP announced the launch of Autism at Work -- a unique global initiative to employ people on the…
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Why Corporate Philanthropy Is a Key to Employee Engagement

Companies with engaged employees outperform those without by as much as 200 percent. There are many reasons why a workforce is engaged; one…
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Sustainability and Employee Engagement: Don’t Forget the Fun

The truth is that it can be difficult to get employees to engage with corporate sustainability programs, but it doesn't have to be…
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Employee Engagement Key to Sustainability for Tech Networks of Boston

Susan Labandibar, founder and CEO of Tech Networks of Boston, understood that engaging her employees in the company’s sustainability strategy would be critical.
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Wellness Isn’t Just for the Health Industry

We now understand that wellness includes a person’s happiness and fulfillment. Whether your organization focuses explicitly on the triple bottom line or simple…
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Determined to Succeed: Sodexo Addresses Its Twitter Audience

Neil Barrett, VP, Sustainable Development, Sodexo, answers follow-up questions from the #SodexoCR Twitter chat.
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How Big Muddy Workshop Makes People Part of the Sustainable Business Model

Engaging employees in sustainable business strategy