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.
How are you going to consistently get the discretionary effort of your best people, of the folks you’re investing in? In the video below, Mary Ann Masarech describes how “Great Days at Work” increases employee engagement and positive results by focusing on the actual work.
The program begins by asking employees to think about a great day at work, specifically revolving around:
- Where were you?
- What were you doing?
- Who were you with?
- Who benefited from your work?
- What challenges did you face?
“Great days at Work” then asks employees to tell their experience, using five descriptors; either phrases or words to explain their day. Leaders are often surprised about the results. Stories are usually focused around people utilizing their talents and what they do best every day, challenges they overcame – often as part of a larger team, happy customers, recognition and achievements. All of these factors add up to not only being great days but also great results.
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.