Latest Employee Engagement articles

Unilever’s Paul Polman: challenging the corporate status quo

11 June 2012 -

(The Guardian)

Paul Polman, the chief executive of consumer goods giant Unilever, is in a league of his own when it comes to being the leader a multinational company challenging the corporate status quo.

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The Service Patch

11 June 2012 -

(New York Times)

Several years ago, the investment banks and consulting firms decided it was better to hire a supremely gifted 22-year-old than a moderately gifted 40-year-old who wanted to go home to his family.

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Corporate Social Responsibility: A Lever For Employee Attraction & Engagement

11 June 2012 -

(Forbes)

While the notion of “corporate social responsibility,” may have once been regarded as a corporate philanthropy, it has quickly become a crucial part of any large company’s long-term strategy – not just in marketing, but in recruiting, too: As consumers are ever more concerned with where products come from, employees now want more from their employer than a paycheck.

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4 Ways To Use Pinterest To Encourage Corporate Volunteerism

21 May 2012 -

(Mashable) By Ryan Scott

Lets face it; it’s hard to look away from Pinterest. The hottest new social media site has become a go-to source for the latest shopping tips, design advice and funny dog pictures. Who wouldn’t want to sit there all day and stare?

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Why valuing your workers as assets makes financial sense

15 May 2012 -

(GreenBiz) By Ellen Weinreb

You’ve heard your CEO say, “Our employees are our greatest asset.”
But if you’ve reviewed company financial statements recently, employees are not technically classified as assets — or valued that way either.

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McDonald’s Unveils Sustainable Practices

8 May 2012 -

(Environmental Leader)
Fast food chain McDonald’s has employed techniques including $500 staff incentives, 30 percent wind power requirements and lightweight tractor-trailers to help green up its operations, according to a report by the company.
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5 ways to boost employee engagement

12 April 2012 -

(GreenBiz) By Bushra Tobah

What percentage of your employees are “engaged”? Take a guess. A 2011 study of organizations worldwide found that only 31 percent of employees qualify as engaged. This represents a staggering loss for companies: Gallup estimates that actively disengaged employees cost more than $300 billion in lost productivity.

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Geoff McDonald from Unilever on how to engage the whole company on sustainability

27 February 2012 -

(2degrees network)

Learn from Geoff McDonald as he shares his experience from Unilever on the challenge of engaging the whole corporation at The 2degrees Summit 2012. See the comment below for video highlights.

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Hitting the Sweet Spot of Employees, Innovation & Sustainability

13 February 2012 -

(Greenbiz) By Matthew Wheeland

“Everyone in this room is sitting on millions of dollars of untapped value — your employees.”

So said Ellen Weinreb, the managing director of the Weinreb Group (and the creator of the Talent Show blog on GreenBiz.com), during a One Great Idea presentation at this morning’s GreenBiz Forum in San Francisco.

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4 Tips on Guiding Employees to Greener Energy Habits

30 January 2012 -

(Greenbiz) By Leslie Gueverra

Your employees’ behavior can make the difference between whether your company’s energy strategy produces outstanding results or insignificant savings.

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The Pros & Cons of Linking Sustainability Successes with Bonuses

20 January 2012 -

(Greenbiz) By Ellen Weinreb

This is the month many of us await anxiously for our bonus. Many are thinking, “I did great in my performance review last month but the company didn’t meet its targets so what’s that bonus going to be?”

Let’s face it. Nothing works better than money when it comes to incentivizing employees.

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Carbon Trust’s ‘Empower’ Tool to Boost Employees’ Green Engagement

12 January 2012 -

(Greenbiz.com) By Jessica Shankleman

The Carbon Trust will today launch an online service designed to boost employee engagement with the green agenda, arguing that embracing environmental best practices could potentially save large U.K. businesses and public sector bodies £500m (US$774 million) a year through energy and waste reductions alone.

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5 Companies, 5 Different Takes on Employee Engagement

12 January 2012 -

(Greenbiz.com) By Claudia Girrbach

Moki Tacub borrowed a Kill A Watt from his employer, The Fairmont Hotel Resorts Kea Lani, located on Maui. He planned to use the device at his home. The Kill A Watt meter is a simple tool that measures electricity consumed by devices such as appliances and electronics.

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Unilever Campaign Makes Every Employee ‘Head of Sustainability’’

18 November 2011 -

(Sustainable Life Media) By Bart King

Unilever Australia has launched a new employee engagement campaign that aims to increase ownership and understanding of the company’s new Sustainable Living Plan.

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It’s time to bring travel and its associated emissions out of the closet

14 October 2011 -

(Guardian) By Trewin Restorick

Delve deeply into most companies’ environmental and carbon targets and the chances are that, if the company is growing, costs and emissions from travel will be increasing. Most companies will happily talk about behaviour change initiatives to cut waste or office energy use, but if the conversation moves towards travel, it all goes quiet.

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Going beyond CSR needs ambition, innovation and an excellent team

6 September 2011 -

(The Guardian) By Verity Hambrook – August 31, 2011
One of the retail sector’s leading social entrepreneurs, Timberland, has unveiled a renewed set of aggressive sustainability and social enterprise goals for 2015. This recent move by Timberland demonstrates the drive to move beyond corporate social responsibility and entrench sustainability in the foundations of an organisation’s functions.

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Setting Employees Free To Do Good

5 September 2011 -

(Forbes) By Nicole Skibola – August 29, 2011
What does a small amount of paid time off to do volunteer work mean for an employee?

Probably more than you think.

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Boardroom pay packages soar to average of £4.5m in 2010

5 September 2011 -

(The Guardian) By Simon Bowers – September 5, 2011
Bosses at the helm of Britain’s top 100 companies saw their pay packages jump by an average of £1.3m to almost £4.5m last year, the biggest leap in nine years, according to a study commissioned by the High Pay Commission.

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How Blue Shield, Sabre Holdings & SunPower Use Gaming for Good

31 August 2011 -

(GreenBiz) By Tilde Herrera – August 26, 2011
Sustainability professionals across the board will tell you that engaging employees or consumers is a fickle affair. What may work for one audience may fall flat with another, which is no fun for anyone.

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Women executives could wait 98 years for equal pay, says report

31 August 2011 -

(The Guardian) By Simon Goodley – August 30, 2011
Women may have had equal voting rights since 1928, but they may have to wait another 98 years for parity in pay, research has found.

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How to Teach Your Employees to Out-Behave the Competition

18 August 2011 -

(Chief Learning Officer) By Jason B. Meyer – August 8, 2011
Educating employees on how to do the right thing should be inspiring, and it can be if a company doesn’t put all of its eggs in the e-learning basket. Employees have a fatigue problem — online learning fatigue, to be precise. They’re burned out on e-learning, and are saying so.

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How to Motivate People: Skip the Bonus and Give Them a Real Project

18 August 2011 -

(Fast Company) By Cliff Kuang – May 13, 2010
Science has managed to reveal some crazy things that fly in the face of almost every commonly accepted management practice. Here’s the latest: Rewards for top performers lead them to worse performance. And if you want to foster innovation, bonuses won’t work either. Rather, it’s all about letting people slip from under line management and strike out on their own, on projects they care about. Dan Pink lays all that out in this new video, which illustrates a talk he gave at the RSA (a kind of British version of TED):

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Aligned Incentives and Engaged Employees Improve Triple Bottom Line Performance

8 August 2011 -

(Environmental Leader) By Jackie Pitera
Despite a slow job market, finding quality employees and bringing them up to speed takes real time and effort. And retaining top employees, as always, remains a strategic priority. A growing body of research shows that workplace sustainability programs are valued by employees, and that such opportunities for employee engagement play a major role in employee retention.

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working in an office is bad for your brain

8 August 2011 -

(The Telegraph) By Richard Gray
A study has found that the hustle and bustle of modern offices can lead to a 32% drop in workers well being and reduce their productivity by 15%.

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The Perk Imperative: Rewarding Employees is More than Just Nice… It’s Profitable

8 August 2011 -

(TriplePundit.com) By Jonathan Schoonhoven – July 22, 2011
Google has its staff masseuses. Airbnb has its in-office tree house. Yelp provides employees unlimited beer on tap. Dropbox boasts a room dedicated to the game Dance Dance Revolution. Everywhere you look, tech startups from Seattle to San Diego are engaged in an arms race of employee perks. “Working at Airbnb “is like a really fun school where you get paid,” said Joe Gebbia,to the Wall Street Journal, “Or maybe it’s more like camp.” Suddenly, if your office doesn’t look like a ten-year-old’s deepest dream-come-true, you can’t be a player in the industry.

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