The final step to employee engagement: Action!

Editor's note: This is the final installment in a five-part series on engaging employees around sustainability. The first part introduced the four stages of employee engagement; the second part discussed raising employee awareness about sustainability; the third part discussed connecting to the company’s vision and strategy; and the fourth part discussed how connection leads to commitment.

Congratulations! You’ve successfully moved through the first three phases of employee engagement and have achieved effective, actionable engagement from your workforce. This installment is the final piece in our series on employee engagement. We hope you’ve gained valuable insights and knowledge from our proven process, client examples and other relevant best practices.

This month’s installment will showcase best practices of companies that have successfully moved through this process and have achieved action-oriented results from effective employee engagement.

ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas has been on its sustainability journey for a few years, and during this time has taken measurable steps to actively engage its workforce around its sustainability initiatives. ThyssenKrupp has the most LEED Green Associates of any company in their industry, and provides continuing education for these individuals and all employees.

With the issuance of its first sustainability report, the company developed a foundation and visual identity around its sustainability initiatives, establishing regular electronic communications to update employees on progress. A separate website dedicated to sustainability at the company serves as an outlet for employees to share best practices and success stories. This website is a perfect example of employees taking action in sustainability.

With the development of the Interactive Virtual Navigation (IVN) technology, the sales team is able to tell the ThyssenKrupp Elevator story on the road and educate customers and potential customers on not only products and services, but how they’re sustainable and how they can help others be sustainable, too. 

Fairmount Minerals walks the talk of being a sustainable company every day, with its employees leading the charge. Not only do employees, or “family members” as they’re referred to, participate on specific sustainable development teams as part of their daily jobs, they take it upon themselves to individually volunteer in their communities and help make a difference. From educating local students to helping clean up a park to organizing teams for Relay for Life, family members continue to exceed their allotted paid time off to volunteer. In 2011, family members completed more than 12,500 volunteer hours — almost 2,000 more hours than they pledged to complete for the year.

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