July 16, 2018 BestCompaniesAZ

June Webinar Recap – Engaging the Modern Workforce Through Awards

In our June webinar, speakers Michael S. Seaver and Lindsay M. Smith discussed employee engagement, workplace communication, celebrating awards, and the influence of awards on employees. Entitled Engaging the Modern Workforce Through Awards, June’s webinar dives deep into how companies can use their awards to encourage employee engagement.

How winning awards influences retention and engagement

First, live polling was used to learn about the webinar attendees’ greatest employee engagement challenges. The biggest obstacle faced was negative communication and retention.

While this may seem surprising, a Gallup study found that only 33% of the American workforce is actively engaged. Michael addressed this statistic through the use of Gallup’s 12 Elements of Great Managing. Next, Michael used these elements to show how winning corporate awards help to recognize employees, connect them to your organization, and deliver quality work.

Michael reviewed the Top Companies to Work for in Arizona awards posted on June 7th by AZCentral. He shared about the key drivers that the 125 winning organizations used to encourage engagement. In addition, Michael presented examples from BestCompaniesUSA’s “5 Ways to Develop a High Trust Workplace Culture,” which covers the tactical actions you can take to strengthen employee communication.

How you can celebrate employees through awards

Next, Lindsay shared the key actions you can take to build momentum, communicate strengths and develop areas of opportunity. She referenced key clients such as Charles Schwab, Habitat for Humanity and others, highlighting unique ways to celebrate winning an award no matter your organization’s budget.

Lindsay is a big fan of KPIs and how organizations leverage their survey data to create strategic plans, cross-functional implementation teams, and continual metrics tracking. She reminded us that we should be focusing on evolving and growing rather than focusing on the actual number of our ranking.

In response to Michael and Lindsay’s discussion, webinar attendees said that winning awards increased employee pride in their employer, strengthened camaraderie, and made employees feel unique. In addition, attendees said that winning awards validated employees’ confidence in their employer.

In conclusion, Michael highlighted how winning corporate awards makes employees feel a sense of pride, a personal validation for choosing an employer, and respect in their workplace.

So, maybe you’re like our webinar attendees? They said they were going to find new ways to open lines of communication with their team. Will you? Please feel free to watch this webinar on our website or listen to it on our podcast to find out how.

Resources Used In This Webinar:

Retiring the Generation Gap by Jennifer Deal

Goldman Sachs’ review of millennials

Mass customization

Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely

Influence by Robert Cialdini