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Motivating and Retaining Key and Quality Employees

Sheila Margolis

Discover what you can do to increase employee engagement in your organization.
What is employee engagement? What are the benefits of having an engaged workforce? And what can you do to improve employee engagement in your organization?

Employee engagement is a connection between the worker and work. Engaged employees are committed to the company and willing to put forth extra effort to deliver superior performance.

  • Discover the six Universal Priorities–a formula for increasing employee engagement. These Priorities contribute to a humane workplace that encourages the best in each individual.
  • Use the Employee Engagement Audit to assess your company’s level of engagement, the pre-engagement threshold motivators and the drivers of engagement.
  • Develop your Employee Engagement Action Plan so that you have a strategy for improving engagement in your organization.

Engagement is a responsibility of everyone. To thrive in a competitive landscape, organizations need to create workplaces that engage their employees, nurturing innovation, open and constructive dialogue, and goal performance. Addressing the social and human side of the workplace is key to achieving optimal performance. Engaged workers can and do have a profound impact on your company’s success.

Sheila Margolis helps leaders use culture to drive organizational change. Sheila is an organizational culture and employee engagement expert.  She helps companies use their unique set of core principles and values as a competitive tool. By defining the distinctive character of the organization and the most critical drivers of employee engagement, Sheila positions organizations to excel.

Sheila holds a doctoral degree in Human Resource Development, teaches part-​​time at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University (GSU), and is President of Workplace Culture Institute, LLC. Sheila is quoted in newspapers and magazines including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Atlanta Journal-​​Constitution.

Sheila is the author of four books on organizational culture. These include: Building a Culture of Distinction: Facilitator Guide for Defining Organizational Culture and Managing Change; Building a Culture of Distinction: Participant Workbook for Defining Organizational Culture and Managing Change; There Is No Place Like Work: Seven Leadership Insights for Creating a Workplace to Call Home; and There Is No Place Like Work Jobseeker Manual. The principles in these books were derived from Margolis’ research that earned the 1998 Award for Distinguished Contribution to Human Resource Development Research. Sheila has also written articles in numerous academic journals and professional magazines.

Sheila conducts organizational culture assessments and administers employee engagement surveys. She guides companies in building a distinctive culture that engages its employees, retains top talent, and prospers. She has conducted culture and employee engagement initiatives with a variety of organizations such as UPS, Philips Healthcare, Acuity Brands/ZEP, Shaw Industries, Lotus Cars USA, Decision Sciences Institute, and Cherokee Town and Country Club. Additionally, through the Quick Start Program, she has designed and delivered training programs to build high performance work teams for companies such as General Mills, Allied Signal, Tenneco, and Reliance Electric.

Sheila is a professional member of the National Speakers Association and speaks regularly at corporate and professional meetings and conferences. Her speaking topics include organizational culture, employee engagement, managing change, and the human side of mergers and acquisitions. Examples of organizations where she has delivered a keynote, conference session, or workshop include BASF, G&T Continental, City of Atlanta, Wyoming Bureau of Land Management, Northside Hospital, SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition, SHRM Staffing Management Conference, Organizational Development Network Conference, ISPI International Performance Improvement Conference, CAMEX-​​Campus Marketing Expo, Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario Annual Conference and Exposition, PIHRA Annual Conference & Exposition, Southeastern Accounting Show, and the Georgia Summit. She is also a member of the Academy of Management and the Academy of Human Resource Development.

In the area of strategic business communications, Sheila has taught business writing and presentation skills in the GSU Professional MBA program. She also works with companies to improve their internal communications to more effectively engage and retain employees.