Theology School Creates New Process to Engage Employees in the Workplace

January 31, 2013


The workplace has changed and so has the level of employee engagement. Authentic Engagement™ Provides New Tools for Employers


(DENVER)  Changing generational, racial, social, and personal differences, coupled with the "Great Recession," have resulted in low levels of employee engagement for many organizations. The Authentic Engagement Program™, now available from the Iliff School of Theology, offers a unique approach to increase engagement and productivity.


"The workplace is in a time of change for many reasons. Today, it is not uncommon to have employees ages 18-80 from many diverse backgrounds working together," said Albert Hernández, interim president and chief executive officer, Iliff School of Theology. "With the additional pressures of the recession, erosion of the social contract between employees and employers, and tight job market, many employees are not only dissatisfied and disillusioned with their workplaces, but distrustful of their leadership - resulting in decreased workplace productivity." 


Theological schools are in a position to help and Iliff has led the way with this new program. Theological education can provide the business community with the resources for employers to assist their employees in finding meaning in their work in ways that will foster the human spirit and enhance employee engagement. 


"Theological education has long been an 'initiator of community,' so the basics of creating a culture of collaboration is an integral part of the skill set. Iliff has successfully focused on the core elements of a theological education and translated that for the workplace through the Authentic Engagement Program™," added Hernández.


By leveraging practices that engage, excite, and empower employees, Iliff's Authentic Engagement Program™ was developed in partnership with Denver's business community via an advisory council over a two-year period. Funded by Wells Fargo Bank and a local business leader, the program provides impactful training for all levels of organizational leaders. The program has already been tested with members of the South Denver Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Wyoming, as well internally with many Iliff professionals.