Employee engagement leads to a great customer experience and gives superior business results. Every employer knows that. Despite that, many organizations neglect employee engagement activities because they prioritize on numbers and how to improve, increase their company profit and what helps or benefits the company.
But in today’s day and age, how far will that get your organization? The Great Resignation has come by for a reason. One of the biggest reason being, a demand for more value attached for all the efforts that all employees are putting in. That’s why many companies today are ready to offer valuable, tangible perks in return for an efficient workforce.
Therefore, as an employer, keeping your employees engaged is the biggest challenge you can face today. Here are 6 creative employee engagement ideas that you can use to increase engagement among your employees.
1. Encourage Knowledge Sharing
Create an open sharing space, where the members of all the teams in your organization can share knowledge, new ideas, and information about their projects. In the virtual world today, people cannot connect and gather information on the go, like they used to in the pre-pandemic days. So try to jazz up the events. To make this fun, you can change the theme every month and ask them to share ideas according to the theme.
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2. Create A Magazine
Create an employee-focused magazine with news, featured opportunities, stories and other fun columns. To make it more engaging, feature the employee of the month on the magazine cover. Who doesn’t enjoy being featured on the cover of a magazine as the Employee of the Month? You can choose to make it either an online issue or a printed edition.
3. Reward Employees
Rewards are a great propeller of engagement. Create a charged up environment by offering tons of exciting benefits and offers, where your employees feel motivated to engage. While some rewards can be tangible such as tickets for a trip or lunch and dinner coupons; or it could be something intangible such as extra time-off for a job well done.
4. Have Themed Office Days
When your workforce is predominantly remote, every time they visit the office, they visit with a sense of excitement and eagerness. Coming to office is not a regular affair anymore, but special. So plan to make them as significant as the employees expect them to be. Having themed office days can bring a lot of fun and increase employee loyalty. When employees actively take part in fun activities, it inspires them to give their best to the company.
5. Focus On What Your Employees Do Best
During the pre-pandemic days, we could get a quick chat in real time. It took little time for the boss to turn to us and say, “Hey, do you think you can do this?” That informal tete a tete used to make sure we get the work we enjoy. That has gone missing now that we are working from home. The biggest mistake a manager can make is assigning tasks that don’t match their employees’ skills. Employees want to be given the opportunity to shine, which means they have to have the ability to do what they do best, as often as possible. Talk to your employees and find out which task they are comfortable with and assign their work accordingly.
6. Provide Mentoring and Coaching
More and more employees are realizing that work-life balance is essential today. More importantly, using that time to either spend with close ones or to upskill oneself. This is where mentors come into the picture. Mentors guide mentees in work and ways of life. It will do your employees a world of good if you can provide mentoring and coaching facilities for your employees.
A study by American Society for Training and Development says that over 71% of Fortune 500 companies (paywall) have formal mentorship programs set in their workplaces. While that sounds rather promising, only 37% of these workers claim to have a mentor according to an Olivet Nazarene University survey.
Have a good and easy mentoring process in place for your employees. And make sure it’s effective enough for all employees. Run a survey to get their opinions. Your employees will gain a lot out of this process and will know that their company cares for them. This will lead to a great boost in engagement levels.
Bonus Tip: Experiment on Employee Engagement
Small things can make a difference sometimes. Try something unusual to engage your employees. For example, ask your employees to come on video with their funniest attire on. If you come up with better ideas, experiment with them. Even if you slip up from time to time, your staff will appreciate the fact that you’re putting in the effort to get to know them on a more personal level.
We don’t think we need to reiterate how important employee engagement activities are in today’s world. It drives an organization forward. Though some of these activities might take some time and effort, your employees will definitely appreciate them!
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