Day: May 23, 2013

McKinsey & Company: "Beyond Corporate Social Responsibility: Integrated External Engagement"

“External engagement cannot be separated from everyday business; it must be part and parcel of everyday business.” The article concentrates on how to “integrate external considerations into decision making across a business?” The four action items to achieve this are “define what you contribute, know your stakeholders, apply world-class management, and engage radically” which is explored further.

Huff Post Business "Engagement and Performance: Old Wine in a New Bottle"

“People’s attitudes are caused by how they perform and they determine their performance. In short, they are both a cause and a consequence of behavior.” The article gives a review about the realtionship between work attitudes and performance; for example, “performance causes satisfaction not because satisfaction causes performance” and speaks to how engagemnt is measured.

CNN Money: "Three Ways to Boost Commitment at Work"

“According to a 2010 employee engagement study by Gallup, disengaged employees erode an organization’s bottom line while breaking the spirits of colleagues in the process. Within the U.S. workforce, Gallup estimates this cost to the bottom line to be more than $300 billion in lost productivity alone.” The article explores ways how to keep employees engaged as for example, just “saying thanks”.

Want Engagement? Show That You Notice and Care.

After my leadership workshops, individuals who approach me tend to ask one fundamental question, “how do I get my boss to notice the work I do?”. A deeper question they’re asking is, “how do I know if I really matter?”. Each one of us who breathes wants to know we matter. We want to know that we are cared for and that our life means something. It is a fundamental human need. We will act in outrageous ways to fulfill this yearning. No one is exempt.