Topic: Culture of Engagement

by: Michelle Owens, Saxton Market President

Doors open at 11:15

Program begins at 11:40.


Michelle Owens Bio:

Michelle Owens recently joined Saxton as Market President. She believes that Space Matters and welcomes the opportunity to develop the Eastern Iowa presence and team. Michelle’s role is to establish business to business relationships that are mutually beneficial and serve the customer well. Her responsibilities include leveraging the power of space, community engagement and leading the Eastern Iowa team to create exceptional client experiences.

Michelle brings with her more than 20 years in corporate leadership roles in Marketing, Human Resources and Information Technology. She holds a Master’s degree in Business and a Bachelors in Human Resources from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. Most recently, Michelle spent time leading a design and textiles company as Executive Director. She then launched her own company to help women entrepreneurs grow businesses. Michelle is passionate about making a difference, which aligns well with Saxton, a woman owned, local company thriving in the Cedar Rapids community for 40 years!

Some of Michelle’s current professional affiliations include Iowa Women’s Foundation, MedCo, She-CAN, a junior entrepreneur team within Iowa Big, and IFMA. Previous commitments include founding membership with Corridor Women Connect and Eastern Iowa Human Resource Association leadership.

Description of Topic:

Designing a Culture of Engagement

Human capital is every organization’s greatest asset. Leaders are increasingly asking their people to think big, be creative and innovate. This requires high levels of employee engagement.

However, leaders are faced with the harsh reality that 70% of their workforce isn’t fully engaged and 26% is actually actively disengaged. The culture created can make the difference between success and failure.

We are going to look at employee engagement through the lens of the workspace, as we believe leaders must learn to intentionally leverage both culture and space to positively shape employee engagement.

Key Objectives:

  1. Understand the financial impact of having employees that are not fully engaged or actively disengaged to the organization.
  2. Understand that companies are moving move away from these solo task work strategies and moving towards more engaging spaces to increase employee engagement and the trends that are driving this change: Shifting Demographics, War for Talent and Mandate to Innovate.
  3. Understand the relationship between culture and space and why leaders must intentionally focus on both as they each shape how people think, behave and interact with each other.
  4. Identify what engaged employees expect from the culture and space of their organization. (Example: Engaged employees expect to work for an organization with a strong sense of purpose. Smart companies are leveraging their physical workspace to make that purpose visible to their staff and visitors.)

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