The Secret to Happier Employees: Do Good
Published: June 28, 2011 / Author: Zack Anchors
Conserve energy and you just might see other bottom-line benefits as well,
like lower costs and valuable tax breaks. But recent research by Ante Glavas
and Matt Bloom, management professors at the University of Notre Dame, suggests
environmentally responsible business practices offer another, previously
overlooked benefit: satisfied and engaged employees.
The research: “Business for the Greater Good”
The findings: As far as motivating factors go, money or other
traditional carrots often aren’t enough; employees also want to feel that
they’re part of a company that does good in the world. “We’re finding that one
of the best ways companies can create productive and engaged employees is to
offer them a way to bring their values to work,” says Glavas. “The more they
embed social and environmental values and missions into their business, the
more successful they’ll be at creating a contented workforce.”
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