Corporate volunteering: A quadruple win for employees

Posted by Krisztina Pjezka

Sep 12, 2014 12:01:00 PM

Corporate volunteering: A quadruple-win for employeesCorporate volunteerism has been linked to increased job satisfaction, employee engagement and retention rates, and improved brand reputation. Consequently, many companies such as Demos have hailed these programs a “triple win,” as not just the communities, but the participating employees and companies also reap the benefits of corporate volunteerism. However, all these benefits suggest that the warm, fuzzy feeling from helping others is sufficient motivation for your employees. What about those of us who need to know there’s something in it for us? What if we're looking for that quadruple win?

More skills to pay the bills

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Organizational sustainability is catalyzed by broader employee engagement

Posted by Danielle Guerin

Sep 9, 2014 11:06:17 AM

Organizational sustainability is catalyzed by broader employee engagementI work at an organization that is helping to transform an entire industry. We are the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. We work with companies and organizations throughout the value chain to develop sustainability tools (the Higg tools) for apparel, footwear and home textile companies to measure their impacts. Measuring these impacts is an important step to better understand which processes must be improved, and in order to implement measurement on a company-wide scale, it is important to engage employees internally.

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Why employee recognition may be as easy as uploading a picture

Posted by David Taylor

Sep 5, 2014 12:30:00 PM

Why employee recognition may be as easy as uploading a pictureIf you consider that according to Josh Bersin, CEO and President of Bersin & Associates, there is a $46 billion market for recognition, it is clear that recognition programs can be quite costly. But according to some recent studies, the most effective aspect of a recognition strategy may actually be the cheapest.

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3 Steps to Engaged Employees (and a World Series Championship)

Posted by Josh Nislick

Aug 29, 2014 10:47:00 AM

The Red Sox Team from 2011A year before their championship season, the 2012 Red Sox were an infamously disengaged group: manager Bobby Valentine publicly questioned the commitment of one of his best players two weeks into the season; pitcher Josh Beckett played golf two days before missing a start with a muscle injury; and in July, a story surfaced that several players secretly implored the owners to fire their manager, and then denied all reports of this supposed mutiny. An ESPN reporter described the team’s culture as “toxic.”

But twelve months later, the Red Sox had ascended from last place in their division to World Series champions. While there are many reasons why the Red Sox won the World Series, higher engagement is one of the biggest. A stronger culture, greater team cohesion, and a more purposeful mission all boosted the team’s performance in 2013, even while the team cut its payroll by $15 million from the year before. 

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Engage the Power of Your Employees with WeSpire [Video]

Posted by Lauren Mason

Aug 26, 2014 1:18:04 PM

Engage the Power of Your Employees with WeSpire from WeSpire on Vimeo.

Today is the big unveil of our rockin' new WeSpire video! Live on our homepage, it's a snapshot of our company and solution, and features three of our customers offering insights on the importance of employee engagement. A huge thanks to MGM Resorts International, eBay, and EMC--they're just three of the many reasons why we do what we do. Enjoy!

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The Secret to Employee Engagement: Find out what motivates your employees

Posted by Holly Battelle

Aug 22, 2014 11:36:00 AM

The Secret to Employee Engagement: Find out what motivates your employees

To successfully engage employees and promote positive behavior change, “meet people where they are.” This was one of WeSpire's Founder and CEO, Susan Hunt Stevens’, key takeaways from a recent interview with Sustainable Brands. By establishing a common ground that aligns your employees with your organization’s corporate values and goals, you are able to engage employees in a space where they feel both comfortable and motivated, setting your organization and employees up for success. 

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WeSpire Announces Strategic Investment & Partnership with EnerNOC

Posted by Lauren Mason

Aug 19, 2014 1:22:00 PM

Untitled_3Very exciting news to share from WeSpire headquarters, today! This morning, we announced a partnership with EnerNOC to accelerate adoption of our engagement technology. EnerNOC, a public company and leading provider of energy intelligence software (EIS), has made a strategic investment in the company. 

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The 6 Best Employee Engagement Research Reports

Posted by Lauren Mason

Aug 15, 2014 10:54:38 AM

The 6 Best Employee Engagement Research ReportsAs a leader in employee engagement technology, we are often asked, “How can a company get started in engaging employees in positive actions?" and "What’s the connection between engagement and triple bottom line programs?” Our answer almost always is to start with the research. We already know that research is what will best get support from the C-suite when making a case for employee engagement, but it also helps a company understand what to expect, what problems engagement can solve, and the results that can come from doing it well.

Knowing this, we thought it would be great to share our 6 favorite research reports on employee engagement that help make the connection between engagement and triple bottom line programs. These are the reports we most often reference and share with new customers.

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Interview with Suz Mac Cormac: Why one of the "Best Lawyers in America" says green teams work

Posted by David Taylor

Aug 8, 2014 11:05:00 AM

Rectangle_6_+_Bitmap_2A few weeks ago, I sat down with Suz Mac Cormac, a partner in the Corporate Department at Morrison Foerster’s (self proclaimed, MoFo) San Francisco office, to discuss the internal sustainability committee she started in 2005. Suz had offhandedly mentioned the committee to me about a month ago and I wanted to know more. Here’s a great story about the impact employees can have on changing a company.

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In 2004, Suz was a Tier 8 Partner—lowest on the partner totem pole—but she was young, and had a track record of generating money for the firm. She went around to every Tier 1 partner that she knew, and made the business case for sustainability. “I had a lot of charts, and figures, and graphs,” she said. She was eventually given a speaking role at the partner retreat later that year.

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The Bi-annual Company On-site, Off-site: A Newbie’s perspective

Posted by Josh Nislick

Aug 1, 2014 11:02:00 AM

WeSpire staff at the bi-annual team off-site gathering, at Hopsters in Newton, MA. Checking off the action: Try a locally brewed beer!On a hot and humid morning four weeks ago, the WeSpire team traversed Boston’s financial district and arrived at a sleek granite building. In a cushy, much more “corporate” conference room, the whole team fit around a large table. The purpose of this meeting was to review our performance so far in 2014 and share rest-of-year plans. The intention was to increase transparency on company strategies and results while also encouraging team-building, cross-department knowledge sharing, and ideation. For a new intern such as myself, I wasn’t sure what it would mean, but I was excited.

We talked about WeSpire’s accomplishments, the challenges facing the company, and plans to overcome these obstacles. As team members contributed their various data, insights, and opinions, the company’s mission and values became very clear to me. The company mosaic was being revealed, and what’s more, I could see that my role this summer was an important piece. With this knowledge, all I needed was a helmet and some shoulder pads and I was ready to run through a brick wall for WeSpire.

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