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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Bringing Needed Capacity to Nonprofits and Inspiration to American Workers

Skills-based volunteering is where "purpose meets passion," says Kimberly Dulin of Catchafire. Dulin and her colleagues from Catchafire talk about bringing volunteers and…
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Minimizing Unconscious Bias in Talent Management

"The recruiting process is a great example of where many businesses are moving beyond what has 'always worked' and looking for ways to…
Two BI scientists volunteer at the annual Connecticut Pre-Engineering Program (CPEP) Maker Expo. CPEP aims to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue STEM careers.

Skills-Based Volunteering Fuels Innovation

Boehringer Ingelheim’s skill-based volunteer program is based on the idea that active — and proactive — involvement is essential in sustaining and renewing…
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Bringing Your ‘Whole Self’ to Work Is Harder Than It Sounds

The running concept of bringing one’s 'whole self' to work is riddled with ideological flaws. As part of our continued discussion on diversity…
Boehringer Ingelheim encourages its employees to use their skills to volunteer in the community.

How BI’s Skills-Based Volunteer Program Benefits Communities and Employees

Boehringer Ingelheim's skills-based volunteer program is a leading example of how a company can leverage its employees' experience and expertise to better the…
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What Does It Mean To Be a Truly Diverse Company?

Here's the problem: While there is widespread recognition that we need diversity, there is far less agreement on what being diverse actually means.
In August, TCC donated 100,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to students throughout our local communities.

How to Attract and Retain Millennials Through CSR Efforts

A meaningful corporate social responsibility (CSR) program is quickly becoming the newest way to recruit and retain today’s new generation of workers. Here…
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4 Ways Nonprofits Should Market Employee-Matching Gifts

Need help getting your donors to submit matching-gift requests? Learn more about how to market matching-gift programs to your nonprofit's supporters and start…
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Walking and Biking: Good for You and Your Company’s Bottom Line

Organizations of all shapes and sizes are creating walking and biking opportunities for their employees. These programs help businesses to meet their sustainability…
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Is 2016 the Year of Community?

The new year shows signs of big businesses focusing on local community action. How can they scale their local action?
JM Family President & CEO Colin Brown (l) with finalists in the company’s first ever Pinewood Derby Car Championship, benefiting United Way.

Living Wage Movement Now Amazingly Normal

The living wage movement went mainstream in 2015. Just ask the Floridian of the Year.
Ernesto Ore (far right) explains the history of the Maras salt mines in Peru's Sacred Valley.

The Best Job in the World?

For 10 years, Ernesto Ore has trekked the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu with around eight REI tour groups a year, but he…
Employees bustle through the lobby of Twitter's San Francisco headquarters. Twitter, along with other large tech companies, have come under fire for their lack of workplace diversity.

Narrowing the Diversity Gap in Tech

Debates surrounding the tactics tech companies should employ in order to increase diversity continue. Instead of regurgitating the typical spiel of ‘leaning in,’…
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How to Use CSR to Attract and Retain Top Talent in 2016

In 2016, the key to a strong future and a perpetually winning team lies with corporate social responsibility (CSR). But the mere existence…
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Taking Fewer Car Trips is the Best Thing You Can Do for the Environment

As leaders from around the world are meeting over two weeks in Paris to advance collective action on climate change, it’s heartening to…
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