In episode 154, Coffey talks with Michele Haugh about employee engagement and how to enhance it within organizations. They discuss the definition of employee engagement; the importance of operationalizing engagement activities; creating a 12-month roadmap for engagement; the necessity of ongoing leadership training and development; integrating company values into employee experiences; the impact of engagement on retention and productivity; and the common mistakes employers make regarding engagement.

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Michele Haugh

Michele Haugh

Michele Haugh is a seasoned HR expert with decades of experience across various roles, from specialist to senior leadership positions. Transitioning from corporate HR to consulting a decade ago, she co-founded EarlyHR solutions, offering strategic support to over 200 early and growth stage organizations. Recognizing the crucial link between employee engagement and organizational success, Michele introduced EarlyEngage, a subscription-based service focusing on professional development and fostering engagement. With a BS in Business and SPHR certification, Michele is close to finishing a graduate degree in HR and Organizational Development. Her passion lies in promoting inclusive practices, positive leadership, and people-first cultures. She is also the founder of CollabHRate, a thriving HR Consulting Community fostering collaboration and education for external consultants. Outside of work, Michele finds joy in her role as a wife and mother to three children. Her adventurous spirit has led her to live in Bangkok, backpack across Europe, and raft through the Grand Canyon. Yet, she equally treasures quiet moments with her pups, indulging in a good book, and hosting gatherings with loved ones.


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