Lately, it seems like everyone is worried about the Millennial generation and how to improve employee engagement in the workplace. The whole idea of trying to ‘engage’ employees (whether Millennials or any other generation) strikes us as a bit awkward. It’s as if the executive leadership of so many organizations wears white lab coats and looks at these ‘employees’ as lab rats that are responding (or more likely not responding) to various stimuli and carrots and sticks.
It seemed to us here at the founding team of Cooleaf that there had to be a better way to improve employee engagement. How about we first start by eliminating the word ‘employee’ and starting with the person? See that’s our philosophy and one we can feel good about when we go to bed at night. Each one of us brings nuances, quirks, and our own characteristics to work whether we know it or not.
It’s time for us to put the human back in employee engagement and take the white ‘lab coats’ off. We’re all in this together and we need to start recognizing the full spectrum of human nuances in designing programs that create an environment where one is more likely to be engaged. Stay tuned for some real world ways we put this philosophy into practice.