Mary Ann Masarech

Mary Ann Masarech spent the first third of her career writing, designing, and marketing skills training for top-notch consulting firms. She acquired a broad base of instructional design and client experience building learning experiences in sales, negotiations, account management, customer service, selection interviewing and leadership skills. The programs she designed were all about the “how.” (When “X” happens, do “A, B, C.”)

When she joined GP Strategies’ BlessingWhite division in 2000, Mary Ann began to explore worlds beyond skills: The internal workings of individual learners – expressed as personal values and goals, the puzzling workings of organizational culture, and the often complicated dynamics of trust and relationships at work. She quickly realized there was no going back.

As Lead Consultant for BlessingWhite’s Engagement Practice, Mary Ann creates practical tools and strategies that clients worldwide apply to create successful businesses and thriving workplaces. Think of her approach as "research meets real world." She is passionate about great days at work – where individuals experience the highest levels of personal satisfaction, apply their skills to what matters most, and deliver their best work to drive their employers’ strategies. As lead consultant, she also works with senior HR and business leaders on how to take meaningful action on engagement survey results to drive organizational performance.

She is co-author of The Engagement Equation: Leadership Strategies for an Inspired Workforce (Wiley, Oct 2012), has written numerous research reports and articles, and is a well-regarded speaker on the leader’s role in engagement and building a culture of engagement.

Mary Ann's commitment to meaningful lives and meaningful work extends beyond her day job. She is a founding member of the Norma Pfriem Urban Outreach Initiatives, a not-for-profit that addresses food insecurity (serving 10,000 meals a year) and education of underserved adults and children. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University.

She enjoys her mostly-empty nest with her husband, 2 cats and a dog, cooking, reading and running (not simultaneously) in her spare time.

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Can You Train Someone to Be More Engaged?

Spoiler alert: Not really. Engagement is an individualized equation, reflecting an employee’s personal relationship with work. There will never be one set of concepts or actions that can solve every equation. And as we know from our research and own

Have a Holly Jolly… Performance Review?

The first time I wrote about performance management, more than a decade ago, “Death, Taxes, and Performance Management” was a fitting title. At the time, I argued that all three topics conjured up images of unavoidable misery, paperwork, and delicate

Surveys: To Pulse… Or Not to Pulse…

I straddle the worlds of employee experience surveys, learning solutions, and performance improvement resources. No matter which “hat” I’m wearing on any day, I encounter clients who want to “do something innovative” or “become more digital.” I’m not alone. Chris

Three Tips for Taking Control of Your Personal Development

If you’re like most people, your employer provides an array of learning & personal development tips and tools. After all, they need to have the right people in the right jobs with the right skills at the right time. It’s

4 Tips for Getting the Most from Your Employee Engagement Survey

Thinking about conducting an employee engagement survey? Great news! Survey findings can provide valuable insights for creating a thriving workplace and high-performance culture. Whether you’re gearing up to run your annual survey or tackling a survey project for the first

Video: Great Days at Work

Mary Ann Masarech, Lead Consultant of Employee Engagement for BlessingWhite, a Division of GP Strategies, discusses the significance of how “Great Days at Work” leads to long term, positive results.

Video: Employee Engagement, A Shared Responsibility

Mary Ann Masarech, lead consultant of the employee engagement practice of BlessingWhite, a division of GP Strategies discusses how it is every employee’s responsibility in the work force to play a role in employee engagement. It is important for individuals,

4 Steps to Improve Your Engagement

We estimate that 1 out of every 2 of our regular eNews readers is not fully engaged*. If you fall into that group, this article on how to improve engagement at work is for you. Even if you think you’re

Millennials Are Different. Sort Of. So What?

As the baby boomers prepare for their much-anticipated exodus from the workplace and Generation Xers become the establishment, all eyes are on Generation Y, aka the millennials. Our recent workship during the CLO Summer School session “Millennials Are Different. Sort Of.

Video: Mary Ann Masarech Discusses Trends in Employee Engagement

Go beyond measuring engagement and move towards creating a culture of engagement. In this video, Mary Ann Masarech discusses trends in employee engagement, including the three following areas: engagement as a shared responsibility, action v. action planning and how to

Video: Telecommuting and Its Effect on Employee Engagement

Let’s reframe the conversation on telecommuting to engagement in the virtual workplace. Mary Ann Masarech discusses telecommuting, its effect on employee engagement, and how organizations and managers can provide the right tools to keep employees engaged.

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