Top Three Employee Engagement and Gratitude Articles for the week of June 5, 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. You’ll find some of my thoughts on these gratitude strategies (“Grategies”) and I would like to hear your comments too.

The Gamification Trend: How Play Can Help Your Business Thrive by Sean Gordon

(TechZone 360) “Gamification provides businesses a powerful approach to effect behavioral changes in employees, customers and partners. Research shows that successful training and change management strategies must go beyond simply capitalizing on the enthusiasm that people have for games. Any plan should also concentrate the efforts on the development of a comprehensive program versus a single game.”

My Thoughts:  This is a fascinating field for employee engagement and I’m learning as much as I can. It says in the article that “Play is not the opposite of work.” It’s nice to see we can do both and get terrific results.

New Report on Millennials Shows Link Between Engagement and Cause Work by Ryan Scott

(Huffington Post) “It’s so helpful when thoughtful studies are released that take the guesswork out of employee engagement. This important report helps paint a picture of how to shape volunteer and giving programs that are attractive to the next generation of leaders. With the opportunity for cause work with co-workers ranking a close third in employment selection by Millennials, right behind salary and benefits, it’s important for companies to be building cultures of giving back that feel integrated and organic to their missions.”

My Thoughts:  In my programs, I hear a lot of griping about the work ethic of the millennial generation. Learn from this article – there are a lot of great tips to help you connect with this amazing generation in a meaningful way that makes a difference to them and to the greater mission of the organization.

Female Bosses Drive Higher Levels of Engagement

(Human Resources Online) Additionally, those who were led by female bosses were 1.17 times more likely than those with a male manager to strongly agree that “in the last seven days, I have received recognition or praise for doing good work.”

My thoughts:  Both sexes have equal opportunity to recognize their employees. This is not a “soft skill” as there are many “hard results” that come from simple appreciation in the workplace.

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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 http://www.grategy.com. Follow on Twitter: @Grategy