These are my favorite articles for the week on employee engagement and creating a culture of appreciation. Feel free to share your comments.

Everyone, Everywhere, Everyday by Michael J. O’Brien

(hreonline.com) “Our motto around engagement is, ‘Everyone, Everywhere, Everyday.’ Our leaders and individual contributors already have a solid understanding of traditional drivers of engagement, like the need to celebrate successes and the power of recognition. But we are now explaining that people might be happy but not enabled or truly energized.  We are using the survey results as one data point to understand the obstacles and barriers that are disabling people from performing at their best.”

My Thoughts:  Discover Card not only takes employee surveys, they take these surveys seriously. They study the results and continuously look for ways to improve engagement. If you’re going to do the work, make it count.

Office design trends: More employee engagement, collaborative spaces, ergonomic furniture and going green by Criterion Industries

(architectureanddesign.com) “Employees are more likely to be engaged when they feel a sense of identification with and ownership of their space. Some companies promote this with a strong sense of corporate culture that bolsters their unique identity and encourages involvement from employees.”

My Thoughts:  When you pay attention to employee workspace and make a few simple modifications, you create a more engaged workforce. This article shares creative, inexpensive ideas to do so.

Why Measuring Employee Happiness Is a Huge Mistake by Jacob Shriar

(business2community) “When managers invest in their employees and help them get better at what they do, they’ll be much more likely to be engaged. Measuring an employee’s sense of autonomy, their level of mastery, and their connection to the purpose is how you can make sure employees are engaged.”

My thoughts:  Anything that you do within your organization needs to come from the heart. If you are just “checking it off the list” when it comes to engagement, your employees won’t find the happiness or emotional connection you are looking to build through your efforts.

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