Last week we shared some tips on how to improve employee engagement.
Now I want to share with you some more creative ideas!
- The gift of charity – Supporting local charities is a great way to inspire your employees and can also be a great idea for a team event. You could take it a step further and ask your employees what charities they support and take turns getting together donations for each one. At Reality HR for example, we all got together to take part in the Race For Life. See humorous photo below:
- The gift of celery… – I don’t know about you but the team at Reality HR are always striving for a healthier life! That means lots of aromatic homemade soups and the regretful turning down of biscuits at tea time. Offering your team healthy food options is a great way to show that you care and also to provide the nutrition they need to increase their wellness and energy.
- The circle of strife – At our team meeting, we have a section at the end dedicated to praising someone else for doing a job well done. Employee recognition is vital in engagement because most people are quick to jump on criticism and not praise. This means you end up with employees hearing more about what they are doing wrong and not enough about what they are doing well, creating a vicious circle. If you show recognition for good work, this will make employees feel appreciated and ultimately make them want to continue doing things well. You can show recognition by sending out a team email telling all about what a good job someone has done. Tell them in their next one to one, go over and tell them with a pat on the back. However you decide to do it, it will no doubt improve engagement.
- Everyone needs a Yoda – By offering coaching you are providing opportunities for growth. Most employees want to succeed and sometimes they might need help from a Yoda to make that happen. You can bring in visitors to team meetings for example. You are only as successful as your team and learning is never a waste of time.
- You Got a Friend In Me – You need your team to get along. It’s as simple as that. You don’t want your people to feel alone and isolated. Team building exercises are a great way to achieve this. It doesn’t have to be elaborate. Even getting everyone together for a lunch will make great in roads to developing relationships. Even better, you might leave it up to your employees to decide what they would like to do. Seeing people outside of work is a great way to helping them feel more comfortable in the office environment.
- Employee surveys – When they are done right and done well, employee surveys can be a great way to find out how your employees really feel. It gives them an anonymous space to open up about things they otherwise might feel uncomfortable saying. The key though is to be ready to really analyse the results and come up with constructive follow-up actions.