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Discretionary Effort and Employee Engagement

Discretionary effort and employee engagement are the byproduct of a two-part equation. Do employees have more time, effort, and energy that can be dedicated to the tasks at hand—but they’re simply holding back? Read more

Posted on May 16, 2014 by

Do Your Company Values Drive Employee Engagement?

What does your company stand for?  Better yet, what do you—as an individual—stand for?  Identifying and understanding the values and beliefs that define you (or your company) is a critical step in solidifying personal or corporate branding. To put it simply, company values define culture, and a company’s culture determines how employees act.  At DecisionWise, […] Read more

Posted on February 19, 2014 by

Do Bonuses Engage Employees?

Bonuses come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, flavors, and amounts.  Some companies offer regular performance bonuses, including the elusive on-the-spot bonus when the big boss walks by; other companies have a structured, period-based bonus program: did we hit our targets for Q1?  Excellent—everyone benefits; still other companies dole out bonuses once the holidays […] Read more

Posted on January 2, 2014 by

5 Research Studies on Employee Engagement

Employee engagement isn’t something only business-minded practitioners care about—I promise (take it from the guy who still spends a lot of time working in academia).  Academics, students, and professional researchers have and continue to carry out extensive peer-reviewed research on engagement, especially regarding its origin and implications (both direct and indirect).  Here are five of […] Read more

Posted on November 11, 2013 by

Americans Crave More Meaning at Work

The Philips Work/Life Survey examined key factors of Americans’ job happiness, with a particular focus on their ability to bring personal interests to their workplace career as a way to create more job satisfaction, achieve greater shared success with their employers, and improve overall well-being. Meaning is one of the five essential elements of employee […] Read more

Posted on November 4, 2013 by

7 Definitions of Employee Engagement

What is the definition of employee engagement? Is it a psychological marriage between the employee and the company? How can you spot a truly engaged employee? What’s different between a satisfied and engaged employee?   If you search for “definition of employee engagement,” you’ll come up with a seemingly unending list of definitions from one-man-show […] Read more

Posted on October 23, 2013 by

What Are CEOs Saying About Employee Engagement?

What’s your CEO saying about employee engagement? I know mine won’t shut up about it. More and more, CEOs are recognizing the importance of employee engagement and the impact it has on the bottom line. Here’s just a peek at what some CEOs are saying:    “On what high-performing companies should be striving to create: […] Read more

Posted on October 21, 2013 by

The Rise of Employee Engagement

The volume on employee engagement seems to be getting louder every day. According to Google trends, that’s because it is. Worldwide search popularity of employee engagement (blue line) has more than doubled since 2009. Conversely, search popularity for employee satisfaction (red line) and employee motivation (yellow line) has steadily declined. What gives? I’d argue that […] Read more

Posted on October 8, 2013 by

Two Simple Ways to Avoid Burnout and Stay Engaged at Work

Walking the line between engagement and burnout can be tricky.  After all, just how much discretionary effort is too much?    Maybe consider this a warning: if we’re not careful, even the best employees can experience burnout. In fact, I almost experienced burnout this week for myself.  Work has been getting exponentially busier at our office, […] Read more

Posted on October 1, 2013 by

5 Quick and Easy Ways to Engage Your Employees

“Just tell me what to do,” said the manager after looking at the employee engagement survey results for his department.  We hear that a lot.  Managers are busy and don’t have much time to read reports and create action plans. Some feel understandably lost when trying to engage their employees.  Here are five quick wins—things […] Read more

Posted on September 5, 2013 by

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