Employee engagement is a buzzword that has been around for a long time, but what does it actually mean, and what are the benefits to organisations?
There are many ways an organisation can engage its employees. This article explores both the theory and practice, especially in relation to the social side of sustainability. I’ll highlight two best practice examples from this vast galaxy of programs, initiatives, and missions, one from either side of the Atlantic, one a niche NGO and the other a high profile brand.
The world’s biggest commercial real estate company, which manages a staggering five billion square feet of space worldwide, has been repeatedly honored for its sustainability achievements, and the awards keep rolling in.
This, says Dave Pogue, CB Richard Ellis Group’s Global Director of Corporate Responsibility, is in part due to the company’s extensive training efforts to ensure that staff doesn’t just talk sustainability, but thoroughly understand it. “They are fully prepared to promote the values of sustainability to our clients,” he says.
It’s very much a case of chips with everything at ARM, the British semiconductor IP company. It patents and licenses chip technology to manufacturing giants that end up powering everything from our smartphones and household appliances to, more recently, our cars.
Banking came into its own in the first industrial revolution. Banks were the intermediaries between the people with money and the ideas and opportunities of the community they served.
Now, says UBS’s Global Head of UBS and Society, Caroline Anstey, it is time to remember this. “Towards the end of the Twentieth Century, finance became in many ways a sector in its own right, often divorced from the real economy and eventually helping to prompt the financial crises of recent years. This has lead to a lot of soul searching.”
Headquartered in the U.S., Booz Allen Hamilton provides strategy and technology consulting services to leading Fortune 500 corporations, governments, and not-for-profits employing more than 22,500 people across the globe.
There’s a Polish proverb that goes: “If the farmer is poor, then so is the whole country”. It’s a problem that Tetra Pak is highly aware of – it recognizes the link and knows that for it to succeed and grow, it needs the markets in which it operates, to do the same.