Ready. Set. Go.

A few years back, I was responsible for rolling out a new, enterprise-wide initiative at a large company that would dramatically change the way new talent was hired. My business case was solid, backed by compelling data; the executive leadership team was on board; and I had a team ready to implement. 

But there were two managers at the company who didn’t trust it and they nearly halted the entire effort - just two upset voices out of 160K employees rang loud and clear. Thankfully, by listening to their concerns and engaging them in every step, trust was built and they gradually became supporters. Through this experience, I realized just how powerfully engaged (and disengaged) employees impact business success. 

I am starting élan to help organizations drive business performance through employee engagement. "Employee engagement" - that's just a feel-good, HR term, right? FALSE (in the wise words of Dwight Schrute).

Employee engagement is the emotional commitment an employee has to the organization and its goals. Be careful not to confuse it with employee satisfaction - you can have a satisfied employee who is happy doing nothing. An engaged employee, on the other hand, is committed to and passionate about their work. They show up each day, work hard and stay with you longer. Engagement drives business results (click on image to expand). In fact, organizations with engaged employees outperform others by 202%.* 

All great news...until I share this next statistic: only 30% of today's U.S. workforce is actually engaged (and only 13% internationally).* Why, you ask? 

  • perhaps organizations underestimate the value of employee engagement or
  • it's possible they don't know how to effectively engage their employees or
  • maybe people are settling in jobs that simply aren't the right fit for them or
  • most likely, it's a combination of all three 

That's why I'm starting élan, which means "momentum" in french. I hope to help organizations understand the value of engagement; to help leaders learn how to inspire and empower their employees; and to help individuals find meaning and success in their work. I hope to create productive momentum.

We spend a third of our lives working. Let's make it count. That's what I'm trying to do - join me.

Ready. Set. Go.

*source: Gallup

Abbey uses over a decade of talent management experience to help organizations drive business results through enhanced employee engagement. She is passionate about empowering individuals and teams to be their best. She's also a mom to two sweet girls, a wife to one good man, and a fan of running and hosting dinner parties.     

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