What are employee engagement programs?

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Employee engagement programs are activities that bring together lifestyle values with business opportunity and job satisfaction. They center around sustainability concepts and volunteerism, such as adopting personal sustainability plans (PSPs), setting up green teams, planning a company Earth Day event, and developing competitions and rewards around sustainable practices. These programs have been shown to be an effective way to attract and retain talent, and acheive company sustainability goals.  

The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF)’s Business and Environment Program has provided a collection of company case studies demonstrating the business case and value of employee engagement. “Toward Engagement 2.0: Creating a More Sustainable Company through Employee Engagement” is provided here as its full report and highlights

For further ideas and topic areas on strategic approaches to employee engagement, follow the above links to:

  • Green Teams: How to start or learn about existing green teams

  • Gamification: What is gamification and what are some collaborative sustainability game ideas

  • Theme Days: Earth Day ideas and other green actions that can be taken during the holidays

  • SunShares: Learn about engaging employees through a solar group-buy model