Clifton Builders Work to Increase Employee Engagement at Local Businesses

The second cohort of Clifton Builders, a program of the Clifton Strengths Institute at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, provided consulting to local workplaces to help them assess and increase their work team engagement. Applying what they learned in Building a Life for Impact (MNGT 324B), 24 students created change and improvement for five workplaces in Lincoln including iSoft Data Systems, Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Nelnet, Speedway Motors and Spreetail.

From their class, students learned to approach engagement as a business strategy which yields better results. They also learned to harness Gallup’s Q-12 employee engagement survey as a tool. Students worked in strengths-based teams and partnered with a business or organization to improve workplaces by focusing on strengths and development for more engaged employees.  

“According to a Gallup study, only 15 percent of employees are engaged worldwide. Managers play the most significant role in driving employee engagement and workplace outcomes. Therefore, the Clifton Builders go through extensive hands-on training to better understand how to develop their greatest talents, motivate and engage their employees in their future careers,” said Mark Pogue, executive director of the Clifton Strengths Institute.

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