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Engagement & Workplace Culture ☀ 👓

July 5th, 2019

We are always interested in learning more about what contributes to great workplace culture. Sometimes phrases just stick with you. I've taken to writing them down to further reflect upon them. One gem came from my brother, who manages a company in Calgary. He said, he leads people with their hearts. Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage and founder of GoodThink defines happiness as the joy you feel moving toward your potential.

Gallup, the renowned American analytics and advisory company, has recently published a new book called "It's The Manager" which sheds light on the biggest factors in a company’s long term success.

Employee engagement is defined as the extent to which employees feel passionate about their jobs, are committed to the organization, and put discretionary effort into their work. Gallup reports that on average, only 34% of employees are actively engaged while companies with best practices and reliable workplace culture sit at 70% active engagement.  

Culture, they say, must be championed by the CEO, incorporating characteristics such as accountability, clear communication, critical thinking, relationship building as well as developing and inspiring people. If more organizations had 70% employee engagement, imagine the impact on business and the economy.

The manager is the linchpin who acts like a coach, not a boss. One who understands people’s strengths and encourages their development, shaping and elevating their potential. They connect purpose and brand to development and performance, building engaged teams.

How does the built environment support Engagement? At Kirsh Design we align strongly with those who invest in their people, elevating their strengths and shaping their potential. When we co-create space for people-centered organizations, we help to support their culture and grow a community that makes a difference.