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
- 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 »
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 »
February 9th, 2016
How important is workplace fun in your company? Chatting around water coolers and sending email forwards may be classic ways to lighten up the workday, but they may not do enough to form a cohesive team environment with an established culture of fun. If you’re looking for outside-of-the-box ways to engage your team members and get them motivated, in addition to lowering the rate of sick days, consider inserting more fun into the workplace in the form of team building. Here are three strategies to try.
3 Strategies for Boosting Workplace Fun
- Set Goals
Creating a culture of workplace fun starts with setting goals for the quarter or even the full year. How many team building events do you want to hold? What do you want to accomplish during them? Goal setting should be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. You should also have clear goals during each fun event you decide to host; plan a project or a problem for your team to solve so they feel a sense of accomplishment afterward. This can help you boost creativity and innovation at work. Read the rest of this entry »
January 26th, 2016
The New Year is a great time to measure, analyze and, if necessary, revamp your employee engagement strategy. Having a solid plan for retention, keeping morale high and ensuring your team is actively engaged is necessary for the cohesion and productivity of your office. Here are four common ways employee engagement decreases, and what you can do to avoid them.
4 Ways Employee Engagement Decreases
- Not Recognizing Achievements
You may forget to recognize your team members for their achievements if it’s all in a day’s work, but if the job has been done well, say so! A little self-esteem boost can go a long way and workers who never hear they’ve done a good job are not likely to stay at your company. The next time you’re impressed with the work your employees have done, tell them! Read the rest of this entry »
January 19th, 2016
The winter months can be a tough time to keep your team in high spirits; even your top-preforming workers can experience a lull in productivity due to the lack of sunshine. It’s important to focus on employee engagement at all times of the year, but especially in January-March. When you can’t hold a company picnic, here are three of the best ideas to get your team motivated and excited.
3 Employee Engagement Ideas for Winter
- Celebrate Holidays
It can be tricky to find holidays to celebrate in winter, when Thanksgiving and those in December are over. After the New Year hits, the next big holiday is Valentine’s Day, so feel free to decorate around the office or hold a potluck. It can also be fun to introduce your team members to non-traditional holidays like Oatmeal Month (January) or Chocolate Cake Day (January 27th.) Read the rest of this entry »
December 15th, 2015
Free office snacks are generally considered a luxury, offered by companies like Google, and used to boost employee engagement. Many mangers see this as an extra budget item that is hard to justify. However, office snacks can be a valuable tool in transforming your employees’ attitude toward the workplace and aiding in retaining your top team members. Here are three reasons to consider offering free office snacks in your workplace.
3 Reasons to Offer Office Snacks to Boost Employee Engagement
- Creates a Unique Work Environment
One of the best ways to attract and retain top talent is to offer a unique and fun work environment they are unlikely to find elsewhere. Painting the walls bright and motivating colors, creating open office spaces to boost collaboration and having a well-stocked break room with office snacks and other freebies is a great way to do this. Read the rest of this entry »
October 27th, 2015
Work culture can include a variety of different aspects, but many employee retention strategies lack team building activities. Allowing employees to have some fun and get to know their colleagues on the job can have a huge impact on morale and the overall happiness of your team.
What Constitutes a Team Building Activity?
All well-planned, motivating team building activities have a few things in common:
- 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 is.
- An Organized Activity: The event should be planned 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.
- 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.
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August 11th, 2015
Focusing on the happiness of your team at work is an essential part of increasing employee engagement. Unsure where to begin? Here are 5 tips to start.
[Employee Engagement] 5 Tips for Increasing Happiness on the Job
- Assign Meaningful Work
Working on projects that are interesting and make a difference is important for increasing morale and raising levels of employee engagement. Ask employees how they feel about their workload and try to find areas of improvement. Read the rest of this entry »
February 24th, 2015
We talk frequently about employee engagement and how to foster it in your company. Having employees who are committed both intellectually and emotionally can have a huge impact on work culture and productivity. How do you measure the result once you’re taking the right steps toward fostering employee engagement? Here are 3 ways to measure commitment in your company.
How do you measure employee engagement in your company?
3 Ways to Measure Employee Engagement
The following are known to impact employee engagement and can influence the level of commitment an employee feels to their company:
- Time Employees Spend With A Manager
Having a one-on-one meeting with a manager can increase an employee’s commitment and the perception that their voice counts. Document how long each employee spends conversing with their manager; an increase in face-time is likely to translate into an increase in employee engagement. Read the rest of this entry »
January 27th, 2015
Do your employees come to work because they have to, or do they seem interested to be there? Engaged employees see their workplace as more than a place to sit for 8+ hours a day: They see their workplace as an area to communicate and foster relationships. There are many ways to push employee engagement without monetary incentives. Here are 4 tips for encouraging your employees to be more engaged in their work.
Encouraging Employee Engagement: 4 Tips
Fostering engagement of employees should be part of your business’ management strategy. Focus on finding quality, interested employees and then work on creating an environment that is positive and productive. Engaging your employees is an ongoing process and you should continually revamp your strategy to keep up to date and people-friendly. Read the rest of this entry »