Employee Engagement: Bringing Your Best Self to Work

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
Feb 22, 2011 2:28 PM ET

Taiga Company blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Compa…

It's so common to discuss employee engagement from the perspective of the company.  Obviously, the benefits of engaged employees to a business are many: increased productivity, better communication, collaborative team work, employee retention, and best of all, the alignment of a corporate sustainability plan with an employee’s day to day duties. 

But what about employee engagement from the employee's perspective?  Which path do you take to create meaningful work? Essentially, it means bringing your best self to work.   Quite often, employers and businesses are lagging in the adoption of sustainability concepts.  Sure, well meaning executives may have good intentions toward starting the recycling center or monitoring and measuring energy use, but leadership alone is not responsible for leading eco action.  We all are! As mentioned in the post, Sustainability: Two Sides of the Same Coin, shaping our future takes both sides of the sustainability coin- business and personal.    Bringing your best self to work means being lit up, excited, passionate about expressing your values in ways that are meaningful and rewarding to you in a professional setting.   Avenues for expressing that include:   •    Consider your approach to your current position.  No one knows your job better than you.  You have a better chance of discovering ways to improve processes and integrate sustainability concepts than anyone.  Perform your job from the perspective of how can I do my job in a more eco friendly manner. •    Take eco action in your daily activities: recycle, commit to paperless, share with others what you are doing and why you are doing it and get them involved. •    Engage management by incorporating sustainability concepts in your personal development plan.  Click here to continue reading.

Home to one third of the earth's trees, the Taiga is the largest land-based biosphere and encircles the globe. Its immense oxygen production literally changes the atmosphere and refreshes the planet. It is this continuous renewal that has shaped Taiga Company's vision to drive similar change in the business world. Taiga Company seeks to be the "oxygen for your business".