5. Leadership

Factors of employee engagement

Leadership is a determining factor for employees' commitment and job satisfaction. Managers are responsible for the building blocks in the organization, including a culture that makes employees flourish. They should be a source of inspiration so that employees can work productively and with passion. In addition, they must convert the corporate vision, core values, strategy and goals into understandable projects and tasks.

It is one of the 15 drivers in the scientific Employee Happiness Model®.


Improve employee engagement through the 15 drivers of the Employee Happiness Model

It is important to gain insight into what makes your employees enthusiastic, happy and productive. What are their motives? You can find this out by scanning the 15 factors of engagement. But you can’t do everything at once. So first focus on the theme where you think the most impact can be achieved, simply or quickly!

Leadership, together with the drivers Relationship with colleagues, Relationship with manager and Diversity & inclusion, forms the theme ‘People’ in 2DAYSMOOD's Employee Happiness Model and measuring method.


15 drivers of employee happiness and engagement

Leadership, appreciation, work-life balance, ...

• The buttons to turn to increase happiness
• The 15 drivers: Employee Happiness Model
• The scientific basis i.c.w. Utrecht University


Employee Happiness Model > theme people


This theme is about all the people who work in the organization, who are indispensable for achieving success. The creativity, productivity, vision and motivation that employees give keeps an organization positive and alive! It is striking that in most organizations the largest and most urgent improvements can often be made here.

By measuring how satisfied employees are with the drivers in this theme, you discover to what extent they can be themselves and have healthy relationships at work and how you can improve this.

See how it works!

  According to 70% of employees, motivation and morale can increase dramatically when senior leaders say "thank you" more often.
(Reward Gateway, 2017)

Checklist: how does leadership influence employee engagement?


Positive influences on engagement
  • Leaders who are real role models and lead by example
  • Leaders who encourage a shared vision
  • Employees with rights who are allowed to participate in decisions
  • Leaders who are open to new ideas and thus welcome change and innovation
Negative influences on engagement
  • No freedom or room to make mistakes
  • Lack of communication about (the importance of) changes
  • Managers who do not behave in the way they recommend
  • Employees who do not trust their team of leaders


They are being heard!


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More work happiness


Points to improve!

Data driven

Monitor effects


Energetic work climate

Why (HR) directors investigate the 15 drivers

You can see the 15 drivers in the Employee Happiness Model as measurable factors that have a negative or positive impact on employee happiness and engagement. By increasing satisfaction with these factors, you can improve stress, vitality, productivity and employee turnover!

Within your own team(s), you can check how the drivers are doing, via our fast measuring method. You will work data-driven: through an analysis of satisfaction and importance, you discover where you can make impact immediately.

Leverage the science

Profit from happiness

2.5x more revenue

Intrinsically motivated employees relatively generate 2.5 times more revenue

45% increase in productivity

In teams with happy employees, productivity increases by 45%

66% less sick leave

Absenteeism decreases by 66% when employees in your organization are engaged

Get in touch for free advice, a demo or quick scan!

Always the employee survey that suits you.

Do you want to increase happiness in your teams? Collect feedback on a specific subject? Monitor stress in real-time? Or do you need a baseline survey to get insight in the drivers of your culture?

We are happy to help with your specific challenge, using:

  • Our expertise, experience and energy!
  • A demo of our tool (if you like)
  • The opportunity to try it for free
  • Or enjoy reading our brochure

Questions for our strategic happiness expert?


Dr. Marvin Deitz

[email protected]

+1 877 560 5790

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