Most of us are familiar with the benefits of employee engagement- increased profitability, sky-rocket productivity and more. But before you start planning activities, you need to understand that employee engagement is an outlook, a frame of mind.
Every company wants to attract the best talent. Then what is the problem?
Most employees in today’s job market quickly feel uninspired by their work, get bored after a couple of years, even months, and thus start hunting for something new.
So, as an employer, how would you attract and retain your brightest employees?
The answer is simple- a bustling workplace which is culture-rich and full of opportunities for the employees to engage.
Signs of an engaged employee-
- Follows up on a project’s deadline.
- Enjoys helping colleagues whenever needed.
- Recommends your company as a great place to work.
- Eagerly recruits friends to the company.
If your employee is not matching the above mentioned criteria then you need to think out of box to make him engaged. Here are some of the best engagement activities you can follow to channelize your company’s energy in the right direction-
1. Monthly Potluck Supper-
The best potluck dinners are de-stressing and amusing. The key to a successful potluck dinner is to have some kind of “organization”-
- Create a surprising and delighting theme- Italian, Chinese or Cantonese or even an ingredient-centric theme.
- Plot out the courses, preferably more than one, like appetizers, soups, salads, desserts and beverages.
- Prepare your dishes three hours prior serving and don’t forget that presentation is an important part of the meal.
2. Gather and Celebrate a Newbie-
Being a new member in an organization can be a very stressful experience. You can have a simple tea session with the whole team celebrating and welcoming a new member in the office. This can help him/her to get to know everyone else. You can also play a small game of introducing the newbie to other colleagues.
3. A Job well done is Worth a Reward-
Another add-on to your engagement ideas would be rewarding your employees who completed a given task or is doing a good job at a project. Rewarding your employees is something that should be done often because it creates a sense of appreciation in the employees.
Rewarding has one more benefit- it acts as a motivation for the other employees thus pushing them towards increased efficiency and productivity.
4. Create Hype about Upcoming Opportunities-
Create an excitement about what’s coming next and your employees will start doing their best. Do that during a face-to-face interaction or a general meeting or through an email.
Even if your competitors are irritating them with their poaching emails, they will definitely reply with a “No, thank you” when they are excited about the forthcoming opportunity.
5. Show Them How They are Investing Towards Company’s Success-
Showing employees how exactly they are contributing towards the company’s vision will boost their investment. They will feel more than just a cog in the wheel.
For example, sit down with the list of a particular employee’s responsibilities. Create a flowchart demonstrating how fulfilling those duties will ultimately lead to fulfilling the company’s vision.
6. Work-Life Balance-
Work-life balance seems like an impossible activity. It’s difficult for almost everyone to find the right balance between work and personal life.
It is one of the important things an employer can do for his employees. This will not only help them to stay healthy and fit but will keep them engaged. Providing a work from home scenario and flexible working hours can be the easiest ways to help people feel more balanced between work and leisure.
7. Promote Mental and Physical Well-being-
Offering some awesome unique perks to employees can make an office a more fun place to work. The below-mentioned activities help reduce the anxiety of the employees and nurture a culture of transparency, humor and kindness-
- On-site yoga
- Ability to work from home
- Company trips
- A wellness day featuring 15 to 30 minute exercise
When you focus more on engaging employees, the results are higher production, better retention rates and improvements in organizational success across the board. Now it’s your turn to take these simple ideas and put them into practice at your office!