Tag Archives: Employee Engagement

Schneider Electric SE or Schneider, is a multinational organization specialized in energy management and automation solutions. It is headquartered in France, Paris also known as Le Hive with more than 160K employees. Speaking of multinational organizations , Schneider Electric undoubtedly connects employee from different countries together through various programs and communication media, and this is the real definition of employee engagement in my opinion. Schneider Electric as one of the leaders promoting Internet of Things IOT and connected devices in the Electrical industry business (The EcoStruxure Platform) has also taken the idea to the next step by engaging employees to share and brainstorm their brilliant ideas through connected systems by different communication platforms. SE intranet SPICE portal for instance!

For small town non-profit, WES For Youth Online, social media plays a large role in volunteer involvement. As a small organization, WES For Youth Online currently has less than a hand full of staff members on pay role. To wear as many hats, and play as many roles as these individuals do on a regular basis takes real passion. Therefore, their issue doesn’t lie in keeping employees engaged and connected; the question is, how do they keep their volunteers involved? The answer… social media.

When it comes to social media, most of the time it is the IT and retail companies actively engage with their employees and customers through digital channel. Unlike many traditional manufacturing companies who struggle with effective social media communication, Cummins, a Fortune 500 tech giant, knows how to make the most of social media to engage with its employees.

Professor Justin Bruckmann walked into his martial arts academy on September 8th, 2016, expecting a normal day of teaching classes. What he was instead greeted by was the destruction of his life’s work. The club’s hot water tank had burst, flooding the entire building. Nothing could be salvaged, from the floor mats, to the washrooms and Justin was left waiting for insurance to pick up the pieces. With nothing to do but wait, Justin turned to his social media network to spread the terrible news, there were classes to teach and no academy to house the students. What happened next was a perfect example of employee involvement helping an organization recover and thrive.

While the success of a company or business is dependent on the product or service offered, its long-term success is heavily dependent on engaged employees. Without dedication and a desire from staff to want to do their best work, the long-term success of a company is all too often going to falter. So what makes for a truly engaged workforce? There are many things that can contribute – recognition, remuneration, growth opportunities – but perhaps one of the most important aspects is staff involvement. There are many approaches companies can take to engage staff. Having been ranked as one of the top 5 employers in Hamilton in 2016, I turned to McMaster University to explore their approach to, in their words, create a work environment for staff that encompasses respect, recognition and engagement.

Going to the dentist for most of us can be a stressful visit and many patients suffer from anxiety before going to the dentist.  At a visit to Gardner Dental Group (Burlington, Ontario) they do their best to make the patient visit a relaxing and enjoyable experience. From the moment you step into their office you are greeted with a friendly smile in a modern environment. You have the choice of three waiting areas; a quiet reading room, a TV room or an arcade room that actually includes retro video games!  This made me think …the patients are likely at peace in this setting…but how does the practice maintain the morale and engagement of the employees?

Employee engagement is a vital element of a successful and productive work environment. 1  Companies like Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants (herein referred to as “O&B”) have been empowering their employees for years, which has helped them become one of Canada’s top fine dining restaurant companies. Their employees are passionate, energetic and have a sense of pride when speaking about their employers. O&B operates a portfolio of unique and innovative restaurants across Ontario3.

About Mayo Clinic Mayo Clinic is a world renowned medical center that specializes in clinical practice, education and research. Based out of the U.S., the three main campuses are located in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota and this year alone they have treated over 1.3 million people from around the world who came to the clinic for care. Being the large institution that they are, they have roughly 64,000 personnel which speaks for everyone from physicians and scientists to administration and support staff. The main point of their  mission statement is that the needs of the patient always come first and this focus resonates strongly with all employees enabling them to provide an unparalleled patient experience.    

When you go out for dinner with family or visit friends, it’s easy to see the obligatory question of the night creeping up: “So how is work?” For some, this question is followed by a very short answer, which, in turn, is followed quickly by the introduction of a new, more likable topic. But for others, that question is answered with great pride and joy in the work they are doing. So why don’t we all look forward to that question? Well there could be many reasons but in general terms it all boils down to company culture and employee engagement. A company’s culture is evident in how people get work done, how they communicate, and in the stories they tell their friends, family and followers. Culture and engagement are impacted by everything you do and start with the core of any company: it’s employees.

As one of the largest engineering companies in the world, the German-headquartered Siemens Corporation boasts nearly 350,000 employees in over 200 countries. 1 As a company they possess the belief that “an engaged workforce drives innovation, growth and profitability”2 but how do you engage a workforce of that magnitude?

Aecon has been voted one of the Top Employers in Canada for 8 consecutive years. This is an enormously significant accomplishment because the winners are determined by employees. It is a delicate balance to have the company and its employees continuously support each other to ensure success for both parties. Like any good relationship, this balance relies on communication.

Humankind has an obvious desire to connect with others. To share our lives with one another and feel like we are part of something. The search to find a place of connection and belonging is a common and relatable subject, just look to movies and television to see the reoccurring theme. That theme, that sense of connecting with others also carries into the workplace. Companies and organizations are pushing to create workplaces that engage employees and provide them an environment where they can feel connected. According to Deloitte’s 2015 Global Human Capital Trends survey, the biggest challenge companies are facing around the world is employee engagement and culture issues (Brown, Chheng, Melian & Solow, 2015). Engagement corresponds closely with retention as employers fight to compare to the images of companies like Google and Facebook. A quick online search of ‘corporate culture’ results in an extraordinarily long list of articles, blogs and research pieces, one that I often research myself as an employee seeking improve the workplace culture within my own company. What makes a great corporate culture? How does it become an integrated part of the employee mentality, instead of simply a talking point?

Wow, I can’t believe this is my first blog ever!  So readers, please be gentle. We all know that happiness has a ripple effect. When we are happy we want everyone to be happy.   According to Forbes, “There’s plenty of hard evidence that shows that happy employees lead directly to better performance and higher profits. Last year revenues increased by an average of 22.2 percent for the 2014 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For. And according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, these same companies added new employees at a rate that was five times higher than the national average.”[1] I am super excited about the topic of: Employee Engagement.   Heck, why wouldn’t I be? I am an employee after all.  What does it take to engage an employee like myself?  I pondered this question as I spun through the great wide web.  I was amazed at the lengths some companies have gone through to keep their employees connected and happy in this digital era of ours. This trend is increasingly apparent in the Hi-Tech sector. I chose to write about Shopify because they are a passionate company with a culture that contributes to employee engagement.  They were also recognized as one of the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ for 2013. [2] For those who still haven’t heard about this kickass company here is some background for you folks. From its humble beginnings in 2004 and the ingenious minds of 3 young entrepreneurs looking to sell snowboards online (Snowdevil) came the birth of Shopify. A leading cloud based solutions provider that targets companies of all sizes.  Its unique platform allows business to add value to their storefronts with a variety of tools including a third party market place. There are over 200,000 companies using Shopify based in 150 countries. Shopify has offices in Toronto, Waterloo, and is headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario.   A powerhouse in the market place Shopify Inc’s (SHOP.N) (SH.TO) shares rose as much as 69 percent in their U.S. debut, valuing the company at about $2.14 billion. [3] At Shopify happiness is built into their very culture, they have designed and implemented every detail to ensure it flows through out the whole organization. Check out Daniel Weinand, Co-founder and Chief Cultural Officer  (Yeah, you read that right!), giving us a peek at their Ottawa office and describing some of their many perks. Still not convinced then please view the YouTube video Life at Shopify

Top Share of Voice Rankings for Royal LePage due in part to Social Media

Lisa Taylor   November 15, 2015

Company: Royal LePage Niagara, Royal LePage Canada Industry: Real Estate Contact: Ryan Johnstone, Broker/Manager, Royal LePage Niagara Real Estate Web References: Wiki Royal LePage Canada,RoyalLePage.ca, RLP Pinterest, RLP Facebook, Homesniagara.com, Royal LePage Canada Twitter Dial back to 1913 when Albert Edward LePage establishes his real estate company A.E. LePage – The Bungalow Specialist. Eddie, as he became known as, was… Read more »

What are the “building blocks” for successful crowd sourcing?

Ken Lupton   October 19, 2015
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Organization Name: Lego Industry:  Toy Manufacturing CEO:  Jorgen Vig Knudstorp Web references:  LEGO IDEAS, YouTube, Lego , FaceBook, Twitter, About Lego The Lego Group based in Billund, Denmark is owned by the Kirk Kristionsen family and was founded in 1932.  Focused on the developing the creativity of children through learning and playing, it is one of the worlds largest manufacturer… Read more »

Innovation is an Inherent Corporate Trait With Google; The Way They Treat Their Employees is no Different.

Forrester Hinds   October 12, 2015

Organisation name: Google Industry: Internet Information Provider. Employees and adaptive management techniques are what drives a business’s success, one concept Google understands. Google workers, dubbed Googlers, are graced with the ability to work on important projects, meet the company’s leaders, and collaborate with other employees. Take Google Employee Noah Levin; working in interaction design with the company, he was approached… Read more »

How Molson Coors Communicates with their Employees

Meg Walsh   October 8, 2015
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Organization Name: Molson Coors Industry: Leading Global Brewer In todays day and age it is becoming increasingly more difficult for companies to communicate messages to their consumers, due to all marketing ‘noise’, but they’re also struggling with communicating with their employees. Many organizations depend on email communications to their employees and assume that they are being read. This can be a… Read more »

Ceridian Employee Empowerment: Social Media Conversations

m234ali   October 7, 2015
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Organization Name: Ceridian Canada A leader in cloud based, human capital management systems, Ceridian has made a name for itself in the industry – and even if you haven’t heard of Ceridian, there’s a good chance you are managed by one of their systems or will be in your future employment. Ceridian’s Dayforce HCM, for example, is a leading solution… Read more »

Social culture for engaged millennials employees

Jessica   October 6, 2015

Engaging employees has been a concern for many organizations in recent years and with a new generation of employees in the workplace, the challenge has evolved quite a bit. Many researches have established connections between employee engagement and business performance, whether it’s for attracting and retaining talent, greater productivity, profitability or reputation. Gallup found that organizations scoring in the top… Read more »

Blazing a trail in Employee Engagement

Lisa Taylor   October 6, 2015

  Organization Name: Deloitte Industry: Financial Services Name of Contact: N/A Web References: http://www2.deloitte.com/ca/en.html https://twitter.com/deloittecanada, Deloitte Film Fest, http://www.impactvideoproduction.com/articles/032-socialmedia.pdf, #impactday This story begins in 2007 when a new internet trend called Social Media is beginning to unfold. Numerous companies are reluctant to use it, calling it a passing notion and block their employees from social sites at work. While others are… Read more »

Southwest’s successful engagement with their employees

SCapling   October 5, 2015
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Before I jump into a multitude of reasons why Southwest is seemingly a great company to work for and how they engage their 46,000+ employees, I want to share some alarming facts regarding employers that don’t promote employee engagement. It is startling to learn that unhappy employees cost employers hundreds of billions of dollars annually in lost productivity. Employee engagement (or disengagement) directly affects numerous performance… Read more »

Business transformation through enterprise social networking – the story of Deloitte Australia

jvaishnav   October 5, 2015

Organization Name: Deloitte Australia, a member of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Industry: Professional services (accounting, auditing, taxes) Name of contact: Cindy Hook, CEO Web references: Deloitte Australia website: About Deloitte Australia, Careers, Culture and Behaviours Deloitte Australia Facebook page Forrester – Ted Schadler’s Blog: Winners of the 2011 Forrester Groundswell Awards (Management Division) ReadWrite.com – Deloitte’s Yammer Time Social Media at… Read more »

Employee blog spurs innovative spirit at Christie

Dorina   October 5, 2015

Organization name: Christie Digital Systems Website: www.christiedigital.com Program name: Innovation Café internal blog Industry: Professional Audio Visual Solutions and Services Name of contact: Audrey Heutzenroeder, global manager employee communications About Christie® Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. is a global visual and audio technologies company and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio, Inc., Japan, (JP:6925). Consistently setting the standards by being… Read more »

Engaged employees drive REI growth

j2condon   October 5, 2015

  Organization Name :  Recreational Equipment Inc  (  REI ) Industry : Specialty Retail Web References :  REI.com, Businessnewsdaily.com, Payscale.com, Forbes.com, Business2commumity.com Who is REI ? A specialty outdoor retailer founded in 1938 by outdoor loving mountaineers. REI operates as a consumer co-operative business model. For $20 one time membership fee, members are invited to be part of REI mission of inspiring, educating and outfitting the… Read more »

Let there be shoes – How Zappos is changing the social media game with employee involvement

ekastner   October 5, 2015
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Title of Post: Let there be shoes – How Zappos is changing the social media game with employee involvement Organization: Zappos.com Industry: Online retail CEO: Tony Hsieh Web references: Zappos, Social Media Examiner, simply-communicate, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram When it comes to employee engagement, Zappos is doing it right! Consistently topping the leader boards with employee retention their practices are often… Read more »