TED on Employee Engagement: “No result matches your query”

Imagine my surprise when I went to the TED website and typed in a search for presentations about “employee engagement” and up popped the response: “No result matches your query.” How could that be?

So, I figured they must file these talks under “employee communications.” Nope, none about that either. Surely “employee retention” is a serious problem and should be a topic for a TED talk. Nada. Another strikeout with “employee motivation.”

TED’s tagline is Ideas Worth Spreading. It seems to me that a management guru, or academic or corporate luminary must have some ideas about how to engage, communicate with, motivate and retain employees. I can’t believe that employees don’t matter to TED and the audiences who pay to hear their speakers. Why is one of this week’s featured talks about the secret life of plankton more important than a presentation, say, about how to engage and motivate employees for greater productivity?

So, I turned to the Employee Engagement Network where I’m a member. I think you’ll enjoy this one about about how to engage and motivate employees. It’s an interview with Doug Conant, the former CEO of Campbell Soup Company.

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    • David — thanks so much for sharing this resource with my readers. You’re doing a great job in managing the Employee Engagement network on Ning.

  1. Employee engagement is one of the topics that I’m really interested in and every piece of advice that I find is helpful to foster the office culture in my own company.It’s so strange that so many organizations have ignored the fact that employee engagement creates business value and thus leads to more profit for such a long time. What I think is the most important thing to keep your employees constantly engaged is to show them that their work is meaningful and that it has some tangible results. There’s nothing that puts people off more than a dull and steady job. You would be surprised but unhappiness in the workplace where progress means nothing is often connected to health problems. According to various surveys, people with low-paying jobs and with few possibilities to make progress have a higher risk of heart disease than those who feel satisfied in their careers. I just recently read that only a small number of employees are happy with their working environment which results in increasing importance being placed on different wellness programs and even a http://bit.ly/ILlsCV workplace exercise to increase productivity and develop a more positive attitude.

    • Jamie — Thanks for your thoughtful comment. It’s true that stress of any kind – including from a job you hate – can lead to health problems. That’s why employee engagement is so important.

    • I was surprised, too, Catarina. They might have some talks on the topic but if they don’t show up in search results using key words they might as well not exist.