Because there are so many great articles on employee engagement and creating a culture of appreciation in the workplace, I want to share the best of these resources with you. Here are my favorites from this week. I have included some of my thoughts on these gratitude strategies (“Grategies”) and would like to hear your comments too.

Employee Motivation is Critical for Business Success – Tips and Advice by Shea Heaver

(Business to Community) “Great leaders are also great motivators within the work environment. A well motivated workforce will exhibit greater employee engagement, enhanced teamwork and collaboration, productivity gains, reduced absenteeism and (ultimately) more profitability.

My Thoughts:  Getting to KNOW your employees is the focus of this article, and is also the fifth step in the THANKS process.  Individualized attention to what matters to each employee does make a difference.

Five Ways to Improve Employee Engagement Now by Robyn Reilly

(Gallup Business Journal) “Engaged workers stand apart from their not-engaged and actively disengaged counterparts because of the discretionary effort they consistently bring to their roles. These employees willingly go the extra mile, work with passion, and feel a profound connection to their company. They are the people who will drive innovation and move your business forward.”

My Thoughts: This article focused on engagement levels in New Zealand and Australia which are lower than in the US. However, at 30% engagement, the US still has lots of room for improvement.

Embracing employee engagement in 2014 by Gary Cattermole

“For employee engagement to be a success it must always be led from the top down. If the CEO doesn’t listen, react and reach out to employees why would staff members ever bother to put more effort into their roles? Of course if the CEO makes the time and effort to support it, so will all middle management too, and before long the effects will snowball throughout the organisation.”

My Thoughts:  This article was written in February.  As we get to the end of the year, has all of this focus on employee engagement made a difference in your workplace?

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Lisa Ryan, creator of Grategy® is a gratitude expert, professional speaker and bestselling author. For more information contact (216) 225-8027. For information on Grategy® programs please visit http://www.grategy.com. Follow on Twitter: @Grategy