Where do employees rank among business sustainability stakeholders? How do they directly contribute to business success?
A common held belief is that employees with a vested interest in the success of the company become much more aligned with the goals of the organization. Therefore, how could linking sustainability concepts to business success support both interests? Our sustainability consulting investigates.
Inc. Magazine recently released a post entitled, Deliver Value to Your Employees – Your Most Important Stakeholders. The article explores how to encourage employees to show up for work with passion, productivity, and focus–and increase profits.
The CEO of Beryl Companies explains, “If you want employees to take a vested interest in the bigger picture, treat them like stakeholders… when jobs are regarded more like investments, employees will show up with passion, productivity, and focus, making your company more profitable”.
The key is to focus on what employees care about most and guess what, that is usually not salary. Addressing these needs, we ask the questions:
• Does you company have a genuine commitment to sustainability at the highest level, with sustainability principles like life balance present in its core values?
• Do your sustainability strategies cascaded down through management and are incorporated into organizational and individual performance goals?
• Are your employees are informed, motivated, and actively engaged in the company’s sustainability programs?
• Does the organization and its management have defined actions to ensure business sustainability initiatives add value both to the company and community and to the business?
Business sustainability presents the unique opportunity to increase profitability, gain and maintain a competitive advantage over the competition, and create meaningful work in the process. The key is in value alignment. How can organizational values and employee values pair up to create engaged employees? Increasing employee engagement means uniting the corporate sustainability plan with employee values.
Article by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company, appearing courtesy 3BL Media.