Another year, another employee engagement poll by Gallup, another round of teeth gnashing. Despite small gains in 2014, a great majority of employees are still not engaged. On average, only 31.5% of your employees are engaged, 51% of them are not engaged, and 17.5% are creating real trouble by being actively disengaged.
The holidays were approaching and a marketing team wanted to give back. But the standard company offerings just didn't float their boat. So they brainstormed and came up with the idea of a Virtual Giving Tree, encouraging a broad turnout of small donations to one of their favorite nonprofits. The team was excited about the idea and rumors about the plan started to swirl. The buzz built. Then, more momentum: their manager gave them permission to invite the customers they spoke to every day to give as well.
Every year, The Civic 50, an initiative of Points of Light, in partnership with Bloomberg LP, honors the 50 most community minded companies. Determined via results from a survey, the Civic 50 illuminates the companies that are best at engaging their communities and employees to create impact.
The recession forced Corporate America to do more with less. As such, new innovations in employee volunteering developed out of necessity, and the result has been a flowering of fresh ways to engage employees and communities that are here to stay.
As corporate volunteerism becomes an increasingly important part of the work experience, companies are coming up with new ways to embrace volunteering and tie it to their bottom lines.
Over the past few years, abysmal employee engagement reports have driven businesses into a tizzy of analysis. Employee disengagement and low retention, we know, are costly. Improving engagement is key to improving our bottom line. But what's the recipe for high employee engagement?