An Engaging Place to Work

The outcomes of this SIG are shared within the wider network through the Future Series Webinars :

  • "Engaging People to Drive Business Performance"
    16 June 2015 - 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm (CET Paris)
    This webinar presents the findings from the Special Interest Group 'An Engaging Place To Work', showing a way to sustainably drive company performance by enhancing employee engagement
    Speaker: Siegfried Hoenle

  • “Innovative Technology-Based Ways to Run Engagement Survey”
    15 September 2015 - 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm (CET Paris)
    This webinar will present some key trends and evolutions to create new and alternative approaches to run engagement surveys
    Speaker: Andrew Marritt & Simon Stoepfgeshoff

  • “Engaging the Future Workforce - is GEN Y Different?"
    20 October 2015 - 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm (CET Paris)
    This webinar will explore how to engage the so-called Generation Y and to define the right levers to drive their engagement.
    Speaker: Jacob Andelius & Simon Stoepfgeshoff


Across industries and geographies the question how a company can become and stay an engaging place to work is being discussed with increasing intensity. Two main factors seem at the core of this discussion:
First, with Generation Y entering the labor market a distinctively different set of expectations has taken the stage.
Second, creating an engaging workplace is an imperative that goes beyond talent management.
Companies with higher workforce engagement are more innovative and more productive. However, the old management recipes are still at work and the consequences are dire. Gallup shocks us with an overall ratio of only 12% engaged employees as per their latest worldwide report. According to their findings, a further 64% of the global workforce is disengaged at work. The lost productivity which results from this depressing state is estimated at $ 287-370 bn for the US alone.

The Special Interest Group (SIG) “An Engaging Place to Work” aimed to explore cross-functional strategies to build a work environment which enables employees to thrive. The group focused on areas like leadership, talent management, values of a new employee generation as well as innovative technologies and how they change our work experience. The goal was to advance the critical field of employee engagement in concrete terms, by creating a menu of “best practices” and jointly developing innovative “next practices” which drive innovation and performance in organizations.

Dr. Siegfried Hoenle, Managing Director of Talent & Leadership Solutions and Visiting Professor at IE Business School, facilitated the SIG and Dr. Simon Stoepfgeshoff, Director of Corporate Programmes at Executive School of Management, Technology and Law at St Gallen, provided inputs and co-facilitated the SIG work.

Organisations that participated in the SIG include:

Allianz Alstom Baloise Mazars MSD
Pirelli Raiffeisen Bank Repsol SwissRe UBS