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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Droughtbusters: The 7.7 million gallons of water that didn’t go down the drain

Posted by Holly Battelle

Jul 25, 2014 10:54:26 AM

Droughtbusters: The 7.7 million gallons of water that didn’t go down the drain

“Water is ‘the big elephant in the room,’” said Joe Kava of Google in a recent Financial Times article. This is evidenced in many parts of the U.S. and the world, which are in the midst of a severe drought. On the west coast, California is in its third consecutive year of drought, having only received 20% of its average rainfall. This is affecting households, corporations, and entire industries.

This past February, one of our customers asked WeSpire to help them and their employees reduce their water use. We responded by creating the Droughtbusters project. Like all our projects, Droughtbusters contains a list of simple actions coupled with information that both raises awareness and provides actionable steps for employees to take. By breaking each project down into specific actions, what may seem like an abstract goal – in this case, conserve water – turns into a relatively easy, and fun, roadmap for long-term impactful behavior change.

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How to Get C-Suite Support for Employee Engagement Initiatives

Posted by Lauren Mason

Jul 22, 2014 2:13:00 PM

How to Get C-Suite Support for Employee Engagement InitiativesFor some sustainability, CSR and HR professionals, the hardest part in starting an employee engagement program at their company is getting buy-in from C-Suite executives. If the C-Suite are responsible for cultivating an innovative, productive environment for employees, why wouldn’t they be the first to jump on the idea of increasing employee engagement? This is what we explored during our webinar a few weeks ago, How to Get C-Suite Support for Employee Engagement Initiatives. Contributing to the discussion were, Jim Murren (Chairman & CEO of MGM Resorts International), Andy Savitz (author of Talent, Transformation and the Triple Bottom Line), and Susan Hunt Stevens (Founder & CEO of WeSpire).

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Top 10 Summer Actions

Posted by David Taylor

Jul 15, 2014 3:37:00 PM

Top 10 Summer Actions 2014We are only a quarter of the way through the summer and, in most places, it has been uncomfortably hot. Which is why it comes as no surprise that our most popular action so far this summer is ‘Fill up your reusable travel mug.’ Start off with ice-coffee, switch to water—works like a charm.

Coming in second is ‘Wash your ‘uniform’ in cold water,’ a World Cup themed action that is synonymous with washing your clothes in cold water. Another World Cup themed action, ‘Take halftime break outside’ was the third most completed action. As an interesting side note, 80% of employees who completed ‘Wash your ‘uniform’ in cold water’ also completed ‘Take halftime break outside’. We’re wondering if there is some correlation and invite readers to share their speculations in the comment section below.

Coming in fourth place, is, ‘Wear clothes and use towels more than once before washing.’ This spike most likely comes from reuse of towels, since summer comes with a quick-dry feature.

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"Culture eats strategy for lunch."

Posted by David Taylor

Jul 9, 2014 2:53:00 PM

Culture eats strategy for lunchThat was the takeaway quote from MGM Resorts International Chairman & CEO, Jim Murren, in a recent webcast that WeSpire hosted with GreenBiz. His point: creating a culture that reflects your company values, rewards innovation, and empowers employees will do more for driving business results than any strategy plan.

Murren went on to say that although MGM has a code of conduct that every employee signs each year, the employees are not referring back to that document with the hundreds of decisions that they make every day. What really drives employee behavior, according to Murren, is the culture.

So, if you want to change employee behavior, you have to change the company culture. It’s easy to say, but not easily done.

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What if Every Company had 100% Employee Engagement?

Posted by Susan Hunt Stevens

Jun 16, 2014 1:57:00 PM

WeSpire's active booth at SB14This question, and other “What If” aspirational, inspiring questions wove through the conversations of over 2,500 marketing, communications, and sustainability professionals who met earlier this month at the Sustainable Brands 14 (SB'14) conference. Engagement was a key topic in the Organizational Development & Intrapreneurship track, but also was highlighted in several other tracks including Leadership & Strategy, Stakeholder Insights & Influences, and Brand Positioning & Communications.  

Why is the engagement topic so popular and so critical at SB'14? It’s likely because engagement is a core, bedrock component of a sustainable brand. A truly sustainable brand is transparent, open and readily engages in a dialogue with stakeholders, whether employees, supply chain, customers, investors or the communities they impact. Dialogue is more likely to lead to understanding, which can lead to action. That action can lead to change for the better for the brand, the business and the stakeholders. But engagement isn’t easy to do well and it’s really hard to measure. Which is why pulling together people who are on the forefront of effective engagement programs and measurement abilities made SB'14 a “must be there” conference for this topic and more.

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