Three Top Employee Engagement and Gratitude Articles for the Week of December 5, 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.

Does your management team deliver compensation that counts? by Tess Taylor, PHR

( “…make your compensation count by clearly communicating to employees what they’re getting in exchange for their hard work. Many employees fail to consider their total (i.e., cash and non-cash) compensation. Create total compensation statements that provide a complete picture of what you offer. Include employee benefits, on-the-job perks, and the amount you invest in training.”

My Thoughts: As a former recipient of the dreaded annual personal performance review, I liked this article’s suggestions for enhancing the very ideas behind compensation.


Romanians Boosting Employee Engagement Through Volunteering by Mei Cobb

(Live United.Way) “Millennials who frequently participate in workplace volunteer activities are far more likely to be proud, loyal and satisfied employees compared to those who rarely or never volunteer.”

My Thoughts: Not only does volunteering make the person feel good, it’s good for business.  Food for thought – millennials want to contribute to make the world a better place. Companies that let them make a difference keep them around longer.


A Primer on Measuring Employee Engagement by Ryan Fuller

(Harvard Business Review) “Management quality and time investment, which can consist of:  Time spent in one-on-ones with their manager per week. Engagement typically increases as an individual gets more time with his or her boss.”

My thoughts: Good points were made about “perceived” employee engagement surveys instead of looking at the actions that employees are taking to demonstrate the fact that they are engaged.  Make you rethink the survey process.


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 Follow on Twitter: @Grategy

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