Igniting Employee Engagement: Unveiling the Love of Workplace Index™ SPARK Model for Creating Most Loved Workplaces®

Spark Model

The Love of Workplace Index™ SPARK framework encompasses five critical practices observed in certified Most Loved Workplaces®. These practices foster high employee sentiment among employees, leading to positive organizational outcomes such as increased productivity, innovation, engagement, and overall satisfaction. This article will explore each practice in detail, supported by real-life case studies from certified Most Loved Workplaces®.

The Love of Workplace Index (™) SPARK Model

The model below reveals the art and science of sparking a culture of a Most Loved Workplace®. With an approach that my colleagues and I field-tested in small, mid-sized, Fortune 500 companies and over 40 peer benchmarking groups, this simple, scalable model is built on five dimensions that create psychological safety and a strong sense of belonging.

The five elements are the core of Most Loved Workplaces® and are proven to be critical for elevating workplace outcomes, including engagement and productivity. Practicing the model is far more effective than providing expensive perks. It is these five elements of Most Loved Workplaces® that come together to spark the effect and feeling that we are in great company and performing at our peak in the workplace:

Systemic Collaboration: Systemic collaboration goes beyond the surface-level concept of collaboration and integrates it into the core of an organization’s culture and decision-making processes. Employees in certified Most Loved Workplaces® work in small teams and co-create results using open communication channels. They freely and frequently share information and advice to improve future performance. One example of a certified Most Loved Workplace® that embodies systemic collaboration is HGV. Their teams actively collaborate, fostering a strong sense of connection and driving exceptional outcomes.

Positive Future: Certified Most Loved Workplaces® are future-thinking organizations that foster employee innovation and passion. Positivity catalyzes emotional connectedness, creating a unified and forward-focused culture. Conduent, a certified Most Loved Workplace®, exemplifies this practice by encouraging a positive mindset and leveraging it to propel their employees toward shared goals and achievements.

Alignment of Values: In certified Most Loved Workplaces®, there is a strong emphasis on aligning values, integrity, and personal beliefs. Leaders and peers embrace common values, and everyone holds each other equally accountable. Cloudflare, a certified Most Loved Workplace®, places a high value on honesty, integrity, and shared ethics. Their commitment to living the company’s values fosters a deep emotional connection among employees.

Respect: Certified Most Loved Workplaces® establish respect as a reciprocal social currency. It becomes integral to the organization’s ethos and talent management processes. Allan Webb, a certified Most Loved Workplace®, prioritizes respect, creating an environment where everyone feels genuinely respected. This commitment to respect catalyzes all other elements and drives peak employee performance.

Killer Achievement: Certified Most Loved Workplaces® empower employees to achieve meaningful outcomes that benefit individuals and the organization. These workplaces eliminate competing interests and provide clear objectives, allowing employees to focus on critical goals. Dell Technologies, a certified Most Loved Workplace®, excels in fostering killer achievements by setting clear objectives, removing obstacles, and offering executive coaching and development opportunities.


The Love of Workplace Index™ provides a framework for teams and organizations to create positive cultures and foster emotional connectedness. Through real examples from certified Most Loved Workplaces®, we have seen the impact of practices such as systemic collaboration, positive future thinking, alignment of values, respect, and killer achievement. By actively implementing these practices, organizations can cultivate an emotionally connected culture and drive satisfaction and high performance among their employees.

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