In this episode of the CEOpeek show, Dave interviews Tom Salonek, Founder, and CEO of Intertech, a Minneapolis-St. Paul-based software consulting and education company.

Dave and Tom discuss employee engagement. When an organization has high engagement, employees are giving extra discretionary effort in their jobs, staying, and referring prospective employees and customers.

Also, organizations with high engagement are more profitable and have more productive and less absent employees.

Dave and Tom discuss the core parts of employee engagement, including

  • Alignment with goals
  • Teamwork
  • Co-worker trust
  • Manager effectiveness and trust in senior leaders
  • Job satisfaction
  • Feeling valued
  • Benefits and pay

Throughout the conversation, Tom shares specific, actionable ways for leaders to increase employee engagement.

While Tom Salonek started his career as a developer, he now leads his firm. Tom completed executive education in leadership at the Harvard School of Business and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

His undergraduate degree is in Quantitative Methods from the University of St. Thomas, where he later returned as an instructor at the Graduate School of Business Management Center.

Over a decade ago, Tom founded the Intertech Foundation, providing financial assistance to families with critically ill children and awarding an annual university STEM scholarship.

Tom was named one of 40 under 40 by The Business Journal and the Business Builder of the Year by Upsize Magazine.

He’s written three books and more than 100 articles on business, leadership, and technology.

Intertech has won over 50 awards, including being named one of the Best 30 Employers in Tech by Fortune Magazine and one of the Top 10 Consulting firms in America by Consulting Magazine.

Trusted by some of the world’s top organizations, Intertech’s helped NASA, 3M, Intel, Microsoft, British Petroleum, and the United States Air Force, Army, and Navy as they’ve pivoted to new technologies.