Beyond the numbers – what makes employee engagement surveys valuable?

By: Steve Winton, Ph.D. – Director of the Leadership & Organizational Development graduate program at Saint Louis University You have just been handed your team’s results from your company’s annual employee engagement survey.  You quickly note from the executive summary that employees on your team are incredibly engaged – 86% absolutely love their job. Your […]

Embracing a Fresh Start

By: Katie Devany, Program Coordinator for the Hospitality Management program at Saint Louis University As the end of the calendar year draws near, I find myself engaging in moments of reflection; recounting accomplishments, failures, surprises, and hope for new beginnings in the year to come.  However, reflection soon transforms into a self-evaluation.  Did I execute […]

Is Trust Synonymous with Engagement?

Posted by Matt Grawitch In my last post on this blog, I emphasized the importance of “presence” as the primary element of the engagement experience. I stand by that definition of engagement, but I was criticized by both a reader who informed me that I “missed an essential point to promoting engagement…trust” and another blog […]

A Psychologically Healthy Workplace: Some Things to Keep in Mind

Posted by Matt Grawitch The Organizational Health Initiative at Saint Louis University emphasizes the importance of a psychologically healthy workplace in overall organizational performance. As a way of contributing to the concept of a psychologically healthy workplace, I attended and presented at the recent Psychologically Healthy Workplace Conference. It was probably the best conference experience […]

Gearing Up For Graduate Courses

Posted by Matt Grawitch I am gearing up to teach my first graduate course at the School for Professional Studies. The course is Contemporary Organizational Leadership and it is offered as a fully online course with a blended option for students who want some face-to-face interaction. The course is a core requirement of both our […]

Why Leadership & Organizational Development?

Posted by Matt Grawitch The School for Professional Studies recently started a new Master of Arts in Leadership and Organizational Development. The 36-hour program is offered completely online and is designed for working professionals. The first question that I always get is why this program? What are students going to get out of this program? […]