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What Drives Employee Engagement? Important Factors to Consider

February 14th, 2017

How engaged and invested are your team members in their jobs? While there isn’t a secret sauce for workplace employee engagement, there are several tried and true tactics. Read on for a look at what factors drive positive employee engagement, and several ways your office’s engagement could improve.

How engaged are your employees?

Stellar Employee Engagement: 5 Key Driving Factors

  1. An Opportunity for Team Building

Try to include some fun in your workplace in the form of creating scenarios where your workers can bond with one another. How can you make sure your team building efforts are successful? All well-planned, motivating team building activities have a few things in common:

  1. A Well-Defined Goal:Team building events should have a purpose. Are you training your workers for a new project or promotion? Are you trying to increase group morale? Determine what your goal
  2. An Organized Activity:The event should be planned well in advance and have a designated leader, whether it is a manager, HR rep or company CEO. Activities can last for an hour, a day or even a weekend.
  3. Measureable Results:The activity should have a measureable impact on your company; this ties into the goal of the event. A good way to gauge the responses of your workers is to hold an employee engagement survey each year, or have them answer reflection questions after the team building activity.

    2. One-On-One Time with Managers

Are you accessible to your team members? Instead of just telling them to “do this” or “do that,” treat them as a partner. Listen to their ideas and feedback, give them the freedom to decide how they’ll do their job, and treat each and every one of them as an important member of the team.

  1. Time for Feedback

Regular feedback in the form of employee reviews is helpful for encouraging your workers to succeed, but how often do you ask for their opinions on the workplace? An employee engagement survey can help! The following questions are great for assessing the needs of your team, determining their employee satisfaction and coming up with great new ideas to keep them engaged:

  • Do you have the tools to do your job effectively? Why or why not?
  • Do you feel like there are more days you want to come to work than the days you don’t want to?
  • Choose a couple of words that you feel describe your state of mind when you come to work.
  • Do you feel inspired by your manager?
  1. Showing Gratitude to Team Members

Showing a little appreciation goes a long way in encouraging your employees to be invested in their jobs. Letting your workers know they’re valuable is a great way to increase employee engagement! Whenever you notice them doing something well, sincerely thank them in front of your whole team or write a quick email letting them know you noticed and appreciate their contributions.

  1. Offer Unique Incentives

Not all incentives are monetary; sometimes something as simple as offering healthy snacks at work can change your team members’ attitudes toward being in the office. A study conducted by Staples found at least half of all office workers left to purchase snacks at least once per workday, while some people ventured out to find food almost five times per day. All of this adds up to lost productivity and interrupts your attempts to form a cohesive team. By offering free office snacks, workers who otherwise would have left instead opt to stay at work. This can make them more productive and engaged in the office.

Once you’ve taken strides toward improving engagement, the next step is to measure it; see this article for advice. How do you encourage positive employee engagement in your workplace? Please share your strategies in the comments below! In the meantime, if you’re an employee looking for a new position, please see our open job listings below.

JPS’ Open Job Listings for February

At Josephine’s Professional Staffing, we’re always seeking new talent and candidates that may be a fit for our open job listings. Here are our current open positions:

  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Registered Nurse
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse
  • Medical Assistant
  • Material Handler – Warehouse
  • Mechanical Assembler
  • Administrative Assistant
  • MSR

How to Apply: Are you interested in any of these open job listings? We’re always seeking qualified candidates to fill our open positions. We use an extensive recruitment process to screen all employment applicants. Job seekers should submit a completed resume and complete an online application. Once we receive your online application, a Staffing Manager will contact you for a phone interview.

What to Bring to an Interview: To attend an in-person meeting at our offices, we request you bring these three items to your job interview upon invitation:

  • Updated resume
  • Documents to establish your identity and employment eligibility
  • 3 professional business references

To apply to our open job listings, fill out your online application here and contact us if you have questions.

How to Get the Most Out of Office Meetings

November 1st, 2016

When’s the last time you held an office meeting that you felt truly impacted your team members, and didn’t simply disseminate information? Holding an impactful gathering can not only help you spread the word about a new company initiative, but also increase your workers’ productivity and encourage employee engagement. Read on for three tips to make your next meeting go above and beyond.

Make your next office meeting impactful with these three tips.

Make your next office meeting impactful with these three tips.

Make Your Meeting Great: 3 Tips

  1. Determine the Meeting’s Purpose

There are several different types of office meetings, ranging from regular check-ins to more in-depth problem solving. Before sending your team members into the conference room, first determine the true purpose for your gathering. Here are the four most common types, as explained by Inc. Magazine:

  • Action-Oriented Meetings: This type of meeting is meant to solve a pressing or imminent problem. One way to make sure an action-oriented meeting is successful is to make sure everyone is well-prepared beforehand. It can help to provide an agenda before the office meeting.
  • Brainstorming or Creative Meetings: These meetings are more flexible and may run longer than regular meetings if time allows. Prepare to spend time discussing seemingly irrelevant items as they may unexpectedly spur creativity and innovation. If you have a big idea to brainstorm, check out our tips for effective brainstorming in teams.
  • Short-Term Planning Meetings: Designed to strategize planning involved with sales, business development, marketing or advertising, these meetings are held to make sure everyone is on the same page before embarking upon a project.
  • Long-Term Planning Meetings or Retreats: Most frequently including high-level executives, long-term planning meetings and retreats help maximize the time spent discussing company vision, initiatives and strategies.

Read the rest of this entry »

Fall into Employee Appreciation: 4 Activities to Try

October 4th, 2016

Fall has arrived and with it comes a great new opportunity to show your employees you value their contributions to your company. While employee appreciation is something you should focus on year-round, autumn provides several wonderful opportunities to take advantage of.

One of the best ways to encourage employee engagement and boost workplace morale is to break up stale routines, so keep up on observances, major holidays and fun opportunities to treat your employees; they will feel more valued and committed to the company.

Read on for four creative activities that will help your team members feel like valued and appreciated workers.

Carving pumpkins is a fun employee appreciation tradition for fall.

Carving pumpkins is a fun employee appreciation tradition for fall.

4 Best Autumn Employee Appreciation Activities

  1. Observe Cake Decorating Day: October 8th

Some managers treat their team members to a special cake and ice cream party when they want to appreciate a job well done; boost the fun by letting them decorate the cake themselves! October 8th is National Cake Decorating Day; turn it into a group activity that everyone will enjoy. Read the rest of this entry »

4 Alternatives to Meetings

August 2nd, 2016

Do your workers seem like they are bored or disengaged at office meetings? Gatherings and exchanges of ideas with your team members are workplace necessities, but you don’t have to hold a stuffy traditional office meeting in order to get the job done. There are several alternatives that can increase employee engagement and raise morale; read on to learn about four of them.

Have you tried a meeting alternative to boost employee engagement?

Have you tried a meeting alternative to boost employee engagement?

Meeting Alternatives: 4 Options

  1. A One-On-One Check In

Many times, items get discussed in conference room meetings that aren’t relevant for all employees. Instead, segment your meetings into one-on-one check-ins that are held throughout the week so you’re using your time most efficiently. Read the rest of this entry »

The Pros and Cons of Open Offices

July 19th, 2016

In today’s fast-paced business world, flexibility has become a desirable perk to offer your team members. Today’s workers not only crave flexibility in terms of on-the-job hours in order to spend more time with their families, but they also are seeking a flexible physical environment in which the stuffy confines of traditional office cubicles are lifted. This creates a new workspace trend called open offices; read on to learn about the pros and cons of this new approach.

Does your workplace have an open office floor plan?

Does your workplace have an open office floor plan?

3 Pros of Open Offices

  1. Allows for a More Cohesive Team

According to Inc., open offices ensure quick collaboration. “Employees can quickly scan the immediate area and locate fellow team members who are hard at work alongside them. By eliminating the need to send emails or wander the office searching for people, organizations are sure that teams will collaborate more, benefiting their bottom line.” Read the rest of this entry »

4 Benefits of Outdoor Meetings

July 5th, 2016

Outdoor meetings are a great option to insert fun and excitement, in addition to increased health and wellness, into your workplace. As they are especially popular in the summertime, read on to learn about four benefits of going for a walk and hosting outdoor meetings.

a man and woman outside in business attire

Take your next meeting outdoors.

Why Hold Outdoor Meetings? 4 Benefits

  1. Break down Barriers

If you’re looking for ways to build the connection between management and lower level employees, outdoor meetings are the answer; getting out in nature puts everyone on the same level, from CEO to Junior Team Member. The more relaxed environment makes it easy to get to know the boss and company culture will improve when workers feel valued individually.  Read the rest of this entry »

4 Employee Appreciation Ideas for Spring

April 5th, 2016

Spring is a wonderful time for employee appreciation; the warmer weather and return of sunshine help boost your team’s morale! After working hard all winter long, your employees deserve some kudos. Read on for four great ideas to show your team you’re grateful this spring.


4 Employee Appreciation Ideas for Spring

  1. An Outdoor Event

A picnic, scavenger hunt or challenge course can all be great activities to treat your employees this springtime. After spending 40 hours a week cooped up indoors, an afternoon outside can do wonders for their morale, energy levels and sense of team spirit. Read the rest of this entry »

3 Tips for Onboarding New Team Members

March 8th, 2016

While hiring a new team member often comes with loads of paperwork, it is also a unique opportunity to shape an employee into a great asset. Successfully onboarding and introducing workers to company values, practices and day-to-day activities can help ensure employees stay engaged and committed to their jobs during their tenure.


What is Onboarding?

Onboarding is the process of familiarizing new employees with the company culture, history, values and mission. This can include an introduction to ongoing projects, community activism, the business’ brand and current objectives. The training process can last up to one year from the worker’s hiring date. Read on for three tips for effectively onboarding new team members.

3 Tips for Onboarding New Team Members

  1. Prepare Their Space and Materials

Nothing is worse for a new employee’s morale than feeling like the company was unprepared for their arrival. Appearing flustered or as if training them is a burden, not knowing where they will sit or having incomplete paperwork packets can all make a new team member feel unwelcome at the company and may set them up for failure in the future. Before a new worker arrives, be sure to have all necessary forms ready and an area picked out that they can call their own. Read the rest of this entry »

3 Tips for Holding an Employee Engagement Survey

March 1st, 2016

This post shares strategies for holding a successful employee engagement survey in the workplace. Having disengaged or disgruntled team members in your office isn’t just bad for morale, it can negatively impact your business’ bottom line; finding a way to assess your team’s happiness, strengths and weaknesses on a regular basis can help to turn their frustration into productivity.


Sample Questions for an Employee Engagement Survey

The following questions are great for assessing the needs of your team, determining their employee satisfaction, and for coming up with great new ideas to keep them engaged:

  • Do you have the tools to do your job effectively? Why or why not?
  • Do you feel like there are more days you want to come to work than the days you don’t want to?
  • Choose a couple of words that you feel describe your state of mind when you come to work.
  • Do you feel inspired by your manager?

Have you ever tried holding an employee engagement survey in your workplace? Read on for three tips for success. Read the rest of this entry »

4 Tips for Increasing Workplace Health and Wellness

February 23rd, 2016

Employing strategies to increase the overall health and wellness of your office can be a great way to boost morale and encourage higher rates of productivity, in addition to extending the lives of your employees. Workplace stress can be as dangerous as breathing in secondhand smoke; workers who lack proper ergonomic comforts and sit for all hours of the day can experience body pain, low motivation and are more likely to quit their jobs. Read on for four strategies to boost the overall health and wellness of your team.


4 Strategies for Boosting Health and Wellness at Work

  1. Encourage Frequent Standing

There’s a new workplace danger akin to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome; experts call it “Sitting Disease.” Sitting for much of the day has been linked to all kinds of negative consequences such as heart disease, obesity and high blood pressure. Encouraging frequent standing in the form of upright meetings, stocking sit-to-stand desks and even having standing breaks can add years to your team’s life expectancies. Read the rest of this entry »