Top Three Employee Engagement and Appreciation Articles for the Week of March 27, 2015

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 101 by Bruce Kasanoff

(Forbes) “Employee engagement is not a program you paste onto the side of your organization. It’s either the heart of your organization, or the result of a heart transplant. I don’t mean to be melodramatic, but it really is that basic. People are superb at sniffing out fake entreaties to “work as a team”, “do your best”, and “rise to the occasion”. Such pleas are usually one-sided; you work for us, you owe us, work harder – or else.”

My Thoughts:  This kind of culture change needs to start at the top, and come from the heart. Otherwise, it’s doomed to fail.

16 HR Apps to Boost Employee Engagement By Abby Perkins

(Business 2 Community) “According to a recent Gallup poll, 70% of employees are not engaged at work. But when they are, they’re 21% more productive—and 87% less likely to leave companies. That means employee engagement is an issue that should be at the forefront of every organization. And it’s one that often falls to human resources to manage.”

My Thoughts:  If you’re looking for a one-stop shop for helpful apps. this is it.

Why Appreciation Can Make a Difference Between Employee Engagement and Turnover by Victor Lipman

(Forbes.com) “Whether you call it recognition, appreciation or simply feeling valued, the desire to receive positive reinforcement for a job well done is deep rooted.  That was a key point in my earlier blog on employee recognition being a chronic problem: The one issue that had recurred in literally every employee survey I was involved with over several decades in management was employee recognition.  It was always a pain point.  Employees I worked with never felt they got enough of it.”

My thoughts:  Employee turnover is expensive.  Saying ‘thank you’ for a job well done is not. It’s your call.

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Lisa Ryan, creator of Grategy® is a professional speaker and bestselling author who focuses on workplace culture. For more information contact (216) 225-8027. For information on Grategy® programs please visit http://www.grategy.com. Follow on Twitter: @Grategy