Links of the Week is a selection of three articles about #EmployeeEngagement and #Millennials that were the most popular on my Twitter feed this week.

1. 6 Surprising Insights of Successful Employee Engagement (Fast Company)
This article got the most attention by far this week. While I would say none of the 6 insights were particularly surprising, there were a few things that were nice reminders. First, the concept of “employee engagement” is still a relatively new idea. It’s only been 25 years since it was first introduced and we’re clearly not good at it yet (re: only 30% of the workforce is “engaged”). Second, the cultural tone set by the organization is a huge reason why employees become loyal to a company. The Quicken Loans and their dedication to rebuilding Detroit was a good example.

2. Employee Engagement Starts With The Manager (Stephen Lynch, LinkedIn)
A great reminder about the importance of the manager in engaging your employees. I loved the point about employees being your #1 customer: “before you create customer evangelists, managers need to create employee evangelists”. It’s a helpful, punchy post with good tips on how to engage your employees.

3. 7 Hot Trends In Employee Engagement (TriplePundit)
Highlights the growing importance of employee engagement. Solid tips on how to start a employee engagement program like centralizing the communication of new engagement through one department while ensuring there is dialogue and trust being built between employees and management. I also liked the idea of starting as early as you can. Employee Engagement is like a savings account, the earlier you invest the more returns you’ll see down the line.

Hope you enjoyed this roundup! See you next week.