Among the key ideas to have emerged in the employee engagement sphere this year are the nature of leadership, the redefinition of corporate culture and the impact of technology on workplace productivity. As 2016 comes to an end, we’ve put together this list of our favorite articles on the subject.
“Leaders set the tone for engagement in the workplace,” asserts Megan Biro, who goes on to outline five Ws (Who, What, When, Where and Why) and one H (How) of employee engagement, from the standpoint of the leaders whose job it is to foster an engaged workforce. These people must lead with emotion, forging a bond with employees, and push themselves as well as those around them.
In this interview with Future of Business and Tech, Arianna Huffington sheds light on the employee wellness initiatives that are having a concrete impact on employee engagement at the Huffington Post. From office hammocks to standing desks and fridges filled with fresh fruit, the organization takes employee wellness seriously – and is reaping the benefits in terms of motivation and productivity.
Roy Osing advocates for a move away from “company-wide initiatives promulgated from above”, arguing that it is leaders, not corporate programs, who drive employee engagement. He emphasizes the importance of employees connecting emotionally with the goals of the organization, and how leaders can help them to achieve this.
David Zinger points out that the very notion of employee engagement is being redefined by new technology and changing work practices. He states, “We are rapidly shifting from a narrow focus on employee engagement to a more powerful focus on work engagement, and social tools and technology can facilitate that process.” As for the challenge facing companies, it is to “let digital transformation actually make it more possible to be the humans we are.”
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