Improving Lives at Work – Rob Catalano, CEO of WorkTango

For this week’s Inspirational Leadership Interview I had an illuminating conversation with Rob Catalano, the Chief Engagement Officer at WorkTango. Rob is passionate about helping companies succeed – by helping them focus on their employee experience.  With his unique experience in HR Technology as a founding employee at Achievers, Rob co-founded WorkTango – software that helps give employees a voice and companies actionable insight. He has recently been named as a 2018 Top Global Employee Engagement Influencer, and is the Canadian Chairperson for The Enterprise Engagement Alliance, with a mandate to lead and help educate corporate, government and not-for-profit management on a formal process for implementing engagement across the enterprise community. He is an avid hockey and volleyball player, traveller, and in his own terms a ‘pointaholic’ – he collects loyalty points  for everything and anything!

Here are some of the topics we discussed:

  • What motivates employees to go to work
  • Building an environment where people are driven to do something bigger than a job
  • Adopting a “People First” mindset
  • Why it’s more effective to have a passion instead of a mission
  • The importance of transparency if you want to build trust
  • Incorporating consistent communication through rituals
  • How to show employees that you genuinely care about them
  • Why companies need to be more retrospective and look at areas of improvement
  • Embracing vulnerability and having hard conversations

Listen to the full interview here:

What does adopting a people first mindset mean to you? How do you embrace vulnerability?

What you do has far greater impact than what you say – Stephen Covey

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