The Global Voices Council, sponsored by senior leaders with representatives from all businesses, functions and regions, was established to develop and implement specific action plans for identified focus areas.
The goal: drive positive, sustainable change throughout our company that employees at all levels of the organization can see and feel.
Senior Vice President, Operations and Engineering Services, and leader of the Global Voices Council
I can’t think of anything more enabling to Rockwell Automation realizing its full potential than to have thousands of super-engaged employees feeling like they own the place.
Spending time with the love of my life, Margaret, our two daughters and sons-in-law and (especially) our three grandsons – who continue to help me view life through the wondrous eyes of a child.
Sitting in a SWE Conference session in Philadelphia as the only man in a training venue with over 300 women - an admittedly uncomfortable, but invaluable, perspective, it was!
Soccer with my three grandsons (and they destroyed me).
Director, Customer Experience
My team is focused on leading the company’s efforts to improve customer loyalty. Research shows that employee engagement has a huge impact on customer loyalty. So I’ve worked hard to understand our employees, what they need to better serve our customers, and driving significant improvements.
playing golf with my son. And getting beaten.
Coney Island hot dogs and chili in my hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana. They’re legendary.
I’m anxious every time I present to a large group. Which is often. I get past the anxiety by being prepared, having a clear message, and having fun with the group. A lot of fun.
One of my favorite things is leading a quarterly meeting with Customer Experience professionals from great companies like IBM, Cisco, Eli Lilly, SalesForce.com, John Deere, FedEx, Disney, Ritz-Carlton, Tiffany & Company, Nationwide and Prudential. It’s been an awesome forum for developing expertise in my field.
Senior Human Resources Representative, Finance
The people are a fundamental key to our company’s success. It’s very fulfilling to work on improving employee engagement and our company culture – which impacts everyone.
Spending time and laughing a lot with family and friends.
Pasta dishes – I love trying different noodles, sauces and ingredients paired together.
I was finding out the results if I had beaten cancer – good news, I did!
Uno with my brother – we’re still kids at heart.
President, Europe, Middle East, Africa
I’m from Gross-Gerau (Frankfurt), Germany. I live with my wife Anke and my daughters Julia and Sara in Brussels, Belgium.
When I get up in the morning, I want to have a challenging job content, fun and look forward for things to come at work. Helping creating an environment, where everyone can do their best job – is fun, challenging and rewarding.
In the mountains, alpine hiking; in the forest running or with friends barbequing.
Waiting for the results, if every employee and friend was accounted for in the terrorist attacks in various places in EMEA.
Senior Vice President, Control Products & Solutions
First, it’s the right thing to do. There is nothing more fundamental to creating an engaged workforce than “Respect for the individual.” Second, it’s good business. We are in a global war for talent. If we are to compete as a world class company, we need to have an environment that attracts and retains the best and the brightest talent from the entire global population.
At the local fitness center. I try to stop every day (although you can’t tell). It’s good down time that keeps me feeling energized.
History, especially biographies. You learn not only what makes someone a good leader, innovator or thinker, but what makes them human.
At the birth of my granddaughters.
Cards. It’s a Friday night tradition with friends.
Regional Vice President, Sales, Services and Solutions, Canada
Director of Marketing, Latin America
I am a people oriented person, and I strongly believe that we are responsible for the success of our workplace environment. I´m passionate about building an ethical, friendly and successful atmosphere in our company.
At the beach. I live less than couple of hours from the ocean, where I do have a place to enjoy sunny Brazil. You will find me fishing, kayaking and bodysurfing.
Seafood, all kinds and ways.
Was when my 13-year-old son was born.
Last year at a college gathering. We were celebrating 21 years and we “tried” to play soccer as in old days. It didn’t work but we had a lot of laughs and ended the match with a cold beer.
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
I love working in a healthy and vital company because it is energizing and rewarding personally and professionally. I think this is true for most of us. An engaging culture enables us to feel great about being at work and wanting to do our best work. When a company is healthy and vital, it is good for employees, customers and shareholders! Engagement is a critical element of having a healthy and vital company!
Either with my family, riding my horse or ballroom dancing.
Nachos with extra cheese, hamburger, lots of veggies and jalapenos!
Qualifying and then competing in my first two national horse shows with my horse Cal.
Euchre (card game) on Thanksgiving with my family.
Director, Internal Communications and Employee Engagement
It’s my job! I mean, it’s actually *in* my title. So I sort of have to do it. But even if I didn’t have to, I’d still do it. Because it’s basically the coolest job in this company and the whole universe. Unless there’s an opening for a unicorn trainer. Then I’m all in on that.
Traveling with my husband and 13-year-old identical twin boys – last year we went to Iceland and England, this year will be a Caribbean cruise. Plus, with three boys – there’s a lot of sports: watching and participating.
Cheetos and Diet Coke. Breakfast of champions. (Just kidding… It’s lunch.)
Ha! This is a joke, right?
Left Right Center. A dice game with our extended family that made for your-face-hurts-from-laughing-hilariousness.
Manager, Employee Engagement
We spend a significant portion of our life at work. I want to feel connected to the work I’m doing and know I’m making a difference.
Riding bike around the neighborhood, catching Pokemon with my 7-year-old son, Oliver. Or maybe on a hot date at Qdoba with my husband.
All things potatoes! Baked, tots, fries, mashed – I love them all.
Interviewing for my current position at Rockwell Automation. I thought I was a good fit for the role but was scared the interview panel wouldn’t feel the same.
Boggle with my grandma. It’s our thing.
Vice President, Human Resources
Whether it is at work or any other setting, people are more passionate when they feel engaged and a part of something. There is a sense of energy when you and those around you are feeling engaged. From a company perspective, it is what makes us so great. We continue to build on the environment where people want to come and stay. As we compete for top notch talent, things like an engaged workforce will help us compete for, and win, that talent.
Running, working out, reading, playing with my two four legged boys or engaging with my 3 kids.
There is one in just about every food group (except the red meat category).
Over the top anxious – in May, visiting friends in Utah, and they took us mountain biking in a place no beginner should have ever been!!
I played a few games of tennis this summer. I haven’t played in years but managed not to embarrass myself too badly!!
Vice President, Talent Effectiveness
There is a lot of research on why engagement matters. Regardless of the research, it all comes down to people and the desire in all of us to feel valued and appreciated for our contribution. When we do, we perform better and feel great about where we work. That in turn leads to sense of purpose, higher company performance, happier customers. It just makes good sense – for people, for customers and our business.
In my garden during the summer and in the winter in front of the fireplace reading a good book.
Anything with dark chocolate.
When my grandson George was born. It was a long labor and difficult birth, but he was perfect!
Peek-a-boo with George.
Director, Culture of Inclusion
I love working with people who love their jobs. And I’m incredibly grateful to work for a company committed to creating an environment where all employees can do their best work, every day. I have seen lives transformed when people can bring their whole selves to work – and I know that our culture has the power to fuel our employees’ engagement, innovation and ultimately the success of our company and our customers.
In the stands at a volleyball court, baseball field, softball field or at a local theatre. I love youth sports and youth arts, and my four children give me ample opportunities to enjoy it all!
Anything I don’t have to prepare myself.
Watching my oldest daughter perform on stage. I worry far more than she does that something will go wrong – I wish I had her confidence!
Good old-fashioned dice and paper scorecard Yahtzee – because every now and then I like to remind my kids that not every game is played on a mobile device.
Director, Manufacturing, AP/EMEA
It is a fun thing to do! There is nothing more fulfilling than seeing an engaged and energized workforce. Work is a huge part of our lives, and being engaged is the best way to love what we do.
Jogging at the local parks. That is the way I refresh and stay energized.
History. History is fascinating as the past causes the present and so the future. It connects things through time and encourages us to take a long and big picture view of such connections.
Dropping my son off at college.
Badminton. It’s weekend event with family and friends.
Vice President, Global Sales Operations
Employee engagement is the emotional commitment the employee has to the organization and its goals. When employees care, they are fully absorbed and enthusiastic about their work and they use their discretionary effort to help their team create a productive environment. This excitement and engagement is very contagious and creates a great place to work. I am excited about working at RA and want everyone to feel that way.
Spending time with my family and friends. I have many hobbies, since I like to try new things, but my current favorites are: traveling, shopping (especially when I am traveling), scrapbooking (capturing those special moments in life), and fashion accessorizing (who knew it could be a hobby!)
All types of Asian cuisine because there is so much variety, and it is served family style so I don’t have to decide on just one dish. You get to sample everything, there are usually 8-10 course meals that will make your palate go wild with delight.
On my vacation to Egypt, I got to try two new modes of transportation – a ride on a camel and hot air ballooning. Both were amazing experiences, but I was slightly nervous; especially of the camel not liking me and spitting on me.
I played an old board game “The Game of Life” with my teenage children and nieces. Last time I played this, I was a teenager (a very long time ago!). It was ironic and humorous to see their reactions to the events that bring success, joy, trials and tribulations in life and for me to reflect back and see how well the game captures life’s journey. (Fun fact: this game was originally created in 1860, and updated over 100 years to the version release by Milton Bradley in 1960 and has not changed significantly since then – so while life has advanced in many areas – the foundational basics remain the same)
Vice President, Law
Engagement is critical to performance. Growing up in and around sports, I saw many athletes with tremendous raw talent, but if they did not practice and play with passion, their talent was often left on the bench. Our global workforce is hardworking and talented with many natural gifts. I believe engagement is key to maximizing our potential.
On the trails in the Cleveland Metroparks or in my kitchen cooking for whomever comes to the table!
whatever I ate on my last vacation.
I was standing on a cliff at the crest of Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe, with no railings in site. The safety rules are a bit more lax in Iceland. One slip and woosh, I would have been a goner.
Co-ed touch American football (and I scored a touchdown!).
Senior Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing
I’m amiable. It’s one characteristic of me and my leadership style. I’m concerned about the team, and when they succeed that makes me happy and motivated. In this case, engagement means that the team is our whole company. I want a happy team!
Walking around downtown Milwaukee. My wife, Chris, and I recently moved from the suburbs to a condo downtown. I’m enjoying my new neighborhood where we can just go out, explore (and I don’t have to do any yard work.)
Hard-boiled eggs. Any eggs, I guess…hard boiled are my favorite.
Well, believe it or not, I still get nervous for some presentations sometimes. I had one a few weeks ago to our Board of Directors. Walking in, I knew we’d have very different perspectives and everyone would have ideas. We all navigated it okay, everything worked out fine – but it definitely had me on my toes.
A game called Liars Dice. It was for a family bachelor party. We were playing for money, and we all get a little competitive, but in a fun way.
Vice President, Strategic Sourcing
Engagement of our employees is the only way our company succeeds in the future. We thrive when employees feel comfortable to come to work, be their true selves, believe in the work we do and are excited about it.
At a MKE bucks game with my family or spending time in the kitchen or at the grill working on a new dish.
Asian. Pho, Tom Yum Soup, Fried kway teow
Relocating back to Milwaukee with my family.
Basketball. I have enjoyed playing basketball in the driveway with my 4 year old son.