Today is my 26th wedding anniversary. At 6:30 this morning, my husband called me from the road to ask me to marry him. He's done this every year since 1985, the year I clinched the best deal of my life. And every year I say yes.
This got me to musing about the fundamentals of human engagement in a relationship and what I've learned from this 26 year partnership that translates to strategies for healthy employee engagement. Much has been written during the past few years about the steady decline in employee engagement as measured by companies like Mercer. According to their recent research, 1 in 3 employees is planning to leave their employer at their earliest opportunity.
We've covered this topic regularly at the Workforce Institute in our publications and surveys. Over and over again, the evidence points to drivers including total rewards, peers, job content, and opportunities for development and advancement as the critical differentiators between the engaged and the disenfranchised in a workplace. Based on my own marriage and those of the long-married among my friends and family, I offer the following strategies for marital and workplace engagement:
Dennis - Thanks for the last 26 years, the two fabulous children, the millions of laughs, and the glimpse into infinity and beyond. The next 26 years should be a breeze.
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