Recently, I joined the rest of the U.S. Reward Gateway team at Human Capital Institute's conference, Innovation@Work. I was excited to talk about my favourite topic - Employee Engagement - alongside other fantastic and inspiring speakers such as Dan Pink, author of "Drive,"Gary Ridge, CEO WD-40 and author, Joe DeLoss, Head Fryer and Founder of Hot Chicken Takeover and Amy Zimmerman, Head of People Operations at Kabbage, Inc.
While I was presenting 10 Steps to Building Sustainable Employee Engagement, the rest of the team gained valuable insight from attendees on their top priority for 2018. Attendees could choose which element of the Engagement Bridge™ was most important to them and drop in tokens to represent their "vote." Here's a peek at what we found:
The theme of "leadership" echoed throughout the entire conference. For my part of this debate, I introduced our "Bad Bosses Ruin Lives" T-shirt, much to the delight of the audience, dramatically highlighting the critical role leaders play in both innovation and engagement. I wasn't alone in this belief, for when I asked them how many had left a job due to a bad boss, nearly the entire room raised their hands and cheered.
We're looking forward to the next conference and sharing the Engagement Bridge™ with fellow rebels who are looking to bridge the gap between employee and employer.
Debra is our Group Reward Director at Reward Gateway. She's our Rewards guru, having over 20 years experience as a rewards leader, speaker, teacher and an author of a book on employee communications. She's most recently known as the co-author of "The Rebel Playbook for Employee Engagement," which she's writing with Founder Glenn Elliott.