Employee Engagement

Disengaged employees is like throwing money down the drain.

Disengaged employees end up costing the U.S. between $450 billion to $550 billion each year in lost productivity

money down the drain

Getting employees emotionally engaged may sound abstract, warm and fuzzy. But the impact of such a void represents a sobering business reality. Disengaged employees end up costing the U.S. between $450 billion to $550 billion each year in lost productivity. These figures make sense when you consider that an estimated 70 percent of American workers are considered “not engaged” or “actively disengaged.” Given such insights, it is no wonder that organizations are doubling-down on their investments to build employee engagement.

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9 Tips for Communicating Sustainability in the Workplace

RoundpegMost organizations take the “if we build it, they will come” approach to rolling out sustainability programs, but employees traditionally don’t look to their employer to help them live more sustainably. Even worse, many see organizational initiatives as being more of a PR move than a genuine effort to decrease negative environmental impact.

If you want to let your staff know that you’re serious about sustainability AND get them to actively participate in programs and contribute to initiatives, try these nine tips.

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Not Loving it…McDonald’s Needs More Than a Minimal Pay Raise to Resonate With Millennials

mcdonaldsYou’ve probably heard the good news, and if you didn’t let me repeat it: McDonald’s will raise wages by more than 10 percent and offer new benefits to 90,000 employees working in the 1,500 U.S. restaurants it operates.

You might think this is good news for McDonald’s. It’s true that $9.90 per hour, the new average salary (as of July 2015), is still far from the $15 per hour fast food workers demand (and the reason some see this raise as a cynical move), not to mention that the increase doesn’t apply to 750,000 employees working in about 12,500 McDonald’s franchises. Yet, you could still see it as a step in the right direction that will help the company in its efforts to “get the turnaround going.”

Well, that might be the case for the paid employees, but not so much for McDonald’s.

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Achieving “Zero Waste” requires a re-think about what goes in and what comes out.

Recently I lectured in my hometown about the top 10 ways to take your office to zero waste. Based on feedback from that blog I was invited by Barbara Weigand, of Copper River Salon in Princeton, NJ, to audit her salon and advise her on how to become a zero waste business.

I was pleased to see, as I waked in, that Copper River had already started on the path to Zero Waste. They were recycling everything that they can recycle municipally and were running the Garnier Beauty Brigade for their cosmetic waste, a free way to turn cosmetic and beauty packaging into donations for non-profits!

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5 ways boards of directors can support sustainability

board-meetingWhile corporate responsibility has risen as a strategic priority for many companies, boards have not been driving this change. The UN Global Compact LEAD board program conducts extensive surveys and interviews with board members, which have revealed some significant key areas where board members often are not aligned. Those key areas are what sustainability means, what value it brings to the company, whether it adds to (or subtracts from) profit and innovation, what the risks and opportunities of sustainability are and who the most important stakeholders are for the company’s success or failure.

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