Top 4 Ted Talks on Employee Engagement

Jake Plantz Blog

Here at Ohana Software, we believe by optimizing internal communications, you can inspire engagement. To spark some ideas, we’ve put together a list of the four best Ted Talks to inspire engagement and key takeaways from each.

#1. The Happy Secret to Better Work – Shawn Achor

In Shawn’s talk, he takes a scientific approach to happiness in the workplace. At Harvard, he found that the formula for success was if you work hard, you will be more successful. If you’re more successful, you will be happier. If happiness is on the opposite side of success, your brain never gets there.

Shawn believes Harvard’s formula is misconstrued. To mitigate this, Shawn recommends creating lasting positive change through a 21-day process. Each day, write down three gratitude’s, journal, exercise, meditate, and have random acts of kindness. This will rewire your brain to think optimistically and more successfully.

#2. What Makes us Feel Good About Work – Dan Ariely

Dan Ariely talks about the importance of meaning and how it can be lost between employer to employee interactions. He speaks about how “ignoring the performance of people is almost as bad as shredding their work in front of their eyes,” and that “by simply looking at something somebody has done, scanning it and acknowledging their work can dramatically improve people’s motivations.” Therefore, by simply telling employees they did a great job, even though their work may not apply, goes a long way in improving their motivation and engagement.

#3. As Work Gets More Complex, 6 Rules to Simplify – Yves Morieux

  • Understand what others do

Go beyond their title and understand what their role involves.

  • Increase the total quantity of power

Give your managers the power to make cooperation happen without forcing complicated structures on them. 

  • Extend the shadow of the future

Empower everyone to use their judgement and intelligence.

  • Increase reciprocity

Remove the buffers that force people to be self-sufficient.

  • Reward those who cooperate

“Blame is not for failure, it is for failing to cooperate or ask for help.”

#4. Stop Trying to Motivate Your Employees – Kerry Goyette

Kerry talks about why companies can’t use a one-size-fits-all approach to motivation. What’s important is understanding how your employeee’s are motivated and tailoring to their motivation styles. She gives two examples of employee motivation.

Example 1

Mary is motivated by ambition. She will take any project and run with it. Mary is intrinsically motivated.

Example 2

Bob is motivated on the pain side and looks for what can go wrong. He has the “Power of Noticing.”

Employers need to leverage each employee’s motivations to be more successful. Kerry challenges you to stop asking how you can motivate your employees and start asking how to unleash their motivation.

Enhance and optimize communication to inspire engagement with your employees today. Are you ready to take the next steps to see how Ohana fits within your organization? Reach out to an engagement consultant today!