HRDQ-U Webinar | Building a Culture of Employee Engagement

Building a Culture of Employee Engagement



Research has clearly and convincingly shown that improving employee engagement in government will drive higher levels of performance, stimulate innovation, reduce unwanted turnover and yield other important workforce and organizational benefits. Employers in the government sector can work to increase employee engagement by providing meaningful work, clear expectations, support and resources, opportunities for growth and development, and a positive and inclusive work culture.

Low employee engagement leads to poor customer relationships, high turnover and a lack of productivity – all of which prevent government and nonprofit agencies from fulfilling their missions. Top-performing private sector organizations understand that increased employee engagement leads to better performance and outcomes. Government leaders and nonprofit administrators need to follow the private sector lead by placing a greater emphasis on enhancing the employee experience and workplace culture.

Join expert Bob Lavigna for this one-hour learning event. Building a Culture of Employee Engagement will focus on empirically proven approaches to improve employee engagement, with particular emphasis on government and nonprofit organizations.

Attendees will learn

  • What employee engagement is and why it matters, particularly in government
  • Assessing the level of employee engagement
  • Improving engagement
  • Developing managerial competencies on engagement
  • Building an organizational culture of engagement
  • Why engagement efforts fail
  • How to get started on the journey to improved engagement


Bob Lavigna has more than 30 years of experience leading HR organizations and programs. As Assistant Vice Chancellor-HR for the University of Wisconsin, he directs the full range of centralized HR activities for a university ranked among the world’s top 25 research institutions. The University of Wisconsin has 42,000 students and 29,000 employees. He is also an adjunct Associate Professor at the Wisconsin La Follette School of Public Affairs.

The organizations Bob has led have received innovation awards from the Ford Foundation, International Public Management Association for HR, Urban League, Council of State Governments, National Association of State Personnel Executives and others.

His awards include selection as a “Public Official of the Year” by Governing magazine. Bob is also an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, and is the author of Engaging Government Employees:  Motivate and Inspire Your People to Achieve Superior Performance.

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