Posted by Dan DeMaioNewton, VP of Workforce Solutions, EmpyraWorks
Brandon Busteed (brandonbusteed), Executive Director of Gallup Education shocked the audience at the Close It 2014 Summit (www.closeit.org) in Washington DC this week when he shared Gallup’s results discovering the six primary factors that significantly impacted the odds of workers being engaged at work. The Close It audience included powerhouse leaders in workforce, business, education, economic development, social impact, and entrepreneurship – leaders not only with a major stake in the outcomes of education-to-employment, but also deep experience in building more effective pathways.
Brandon’s factors included 3 social-emotion factors and 3 experiential factors, showing that early feelings and relationships are directly related to later performance, and that early experiences matter significantly for future engagement.
The six primary factors that make more engaged workers include
1. Having at least one professor who made you excited about learning.
2. You felt professors cared about you as a person.
3. You felt you had a mentor who encouraged you to pursue your goals and dreams.
4. You did a long-term project that lasted more than one semester to complete.
5. You did an internship or apprenticeship.
6. You were extremely involved in at least one extracurricular activity.
How many of these factors did you (or your children) gain from your (their) college experience? Brandon’s work helps present a more effective pathway for education to better understand what really matters and to build a more powerful ecosystem that integrates social-emotional relationships between expertise (professors) and learners (students) with competency-based learning. Sitting next to me was Bill Symonds, Director of the Global Pathways Institute, and author of the Harvard Graduate School’s Pathways to Prosperity report. I was reminded of his groundbreaking work and advocacy for a better internship and apprenticeship model for the U.S.
You may read more details about the Gallup results at : http://goo.gl/ukv2IM
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