3 Top Employee Engagement and Gratitude Articles for the Week of October 31, 2014

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 Engagement Is A Leadership Commitment by Meghan M. Biro

(Forbes.com)  “Employee engagement is center stage in HR and The World of Work right now for good reason. Engaged employees are better producers, they’re more committed to the organization, and they are in it for the relative long haul.”

My Thoughts:  I always enjoy Meghan M. Biro’s perspective on employee engagement. Taking us through the 5 W’s and H is both specific and helpful.

The Kaizen Way to Employee Engagement by Collin McLoughlin

(Bellingham Business Journal) “Imagine a football team where only three players actually wanted to win, and the rest were going through the motions, or worse, passing the ball to the other team. We are stuck in a rut, and the best way to re-engage our workers is by tapping their creative potential.”

My Thoughts: Starting by building a foundation of TRUST (the first step in the THANKS process), this article focuses on bringing creativity back into the workplace.  Yeah!

2014 Trends in Global Employee Engagement by Aon

(aon.com)  “Many leaders will need to revisit and set new organizational strategies, but they cannot effectively execute on what is required for growth without engaging their talent in the right behaviors for the future.”

My Thoughts: This is an excellent white paper that highlights what is going on globally with employee engagement. It looks at generational differences and the changes from 2012-2013. Lots of charts and graphs for those of you who enjoy that kind of thing.


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

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