Can Targeted Employee Engagement Help Grow Renewable Energy Use?
Several recent studies show that organizations can dramatically improve their employees' overall satisfaction when they engage in sustainability programs, especially buying renewable energy. By giving these employees a way to take charge of their environmental footprint at work and work together to reduce overall emissions, organizations are empowering workers to make real improvements, which leads to greater employee retention.
With the celebration of Labor Day in early September came a report of Americans having the highest rating of dissatisfaction with their job in modern history. Given the muddled state of our national economy, maybe it’s not such a surprise. And it’s certainly not hard to imagine jobs in which the hours of 9–5 are a grind, where you might feel disconnected from your values and not “fully present” in your position—I’ve certainly been there before! If you’re running a business, there are myriad reasons you want your employees to be as happy as possible: greater productivity, higher creativity, increased loyalty, better recruitment, and improved resiliency. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index suggests that this disengagement is a crisis costing America $300 billion in lost productivity annually. But what are the paths to managing greater job satisfaction? There are many contributions to greater workplace well-being, but I’d like to focus on one: employee engagement.