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3 Strategies for Boosting Workplace Fun (Plus One Extra!)

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.

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3 Strategies for Boosting Workplace Fun

  1. 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 »

4 Common Employee Engagement Killers (And How to Fix Them!)

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.

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4 Ways Employee Engagement Decreases

  1. 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 »

3 Employee Engagement Ideas for Winter

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.

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3 Employee Engagement Ideas for Winter

  1. 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 »

[Employee Engagement] Should Companies Offer Office Snacks?

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.

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3 Reasons to Offer Office Snacks to Boost Employee Engagement

  1. 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 »

Team Building: Fostering Strong Workplace Bonds

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.

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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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[Employee Engagement] 5 Tips for Increasing Happiness on the Job

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.

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  1. 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 »

3 Ways to Measure Employee Engagement

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?

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:

  1. 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 »

Fostering Employee Engagement in Your Company: 4 Tips

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.

Photo Courtesy of: MSLGROUP Global

Photo Courtesy of: MSLGROUP Global

Encouraging Employee Engagement: 4 Tips         

  1. Strategize

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 »

Workplace Wellness Programs: Do They Work?

April 15th, 2014

There have been many debates about the effectiveness of workplace wellness programs, both financially and psychologically. Some employees have shied away from the idea of sharing personal information such as exercise, eating and smoking habits with their employers due to a potential impressions it may leave, or simply because they want to keep their work and personal life separate. But the truth of the matter is, when it comes to saving money, workplace wellness programs are the way to go.

In a study performed by the University of Minnesota, employees received discounts of up to $300 from their health insurance by completing a health questionnaire, biking to campus or setting personal fitness goals. The grocery store chain, Safeway, has become a leading example in workplace wellness programs with its Live Life, Live Long, Live Well program. If employees “pass” a series of four tests, annual premiums are reduced by up to $780 for individuals and $1,560 for families.

Are you supporting wellness in the workplace?

Are you supporting wellness in the workplace?

The benefits of workplace wellness programs reaches far beyond just savings for employers and their employees. Saving money on health insurance motivates employees to stay healthy, an overall goal every human should strive for, as well as boosted morale and productivity in the workplace. A weight loss program, for example, can bring out the competitive side in employees and employers which can increase employee engagement. Practicing healthy habits in and out of the office can improve focus, productivity and confidence in employees, making them better workers and people.

“Wellness programs continue to offer an effective way for employers to encourage healthy behavior without having to decrease benefits, reduce wages or close their doors altogether,” said a Representative from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce who was quoted in workplace wellness study.

Improving health of employees can also save the company money by paying less in medical costs and a reduction in absenteeism. No company wants to have an office full of tired, unproductive and unmotivated employees. Using incentives such as gym memberships, cash and gift card rewards, discounts at vitamin/supplement stores and improved office equipment can give employees the motivation they need.

Do you have a workplace wellness program? We’d love to hear about it!

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Employee Engagement: Rewards vs. Recognition

April 8th, 2014

Are you giving your workers enough employee recognition? The lack of employee engagement in today’s business world not only puts a damper on overall productivity in the workplace, but it also creates hostility and stress for both employers and their employees. What most people don’t see is that the solution to the lack of employee engagement is fairly simple: Appreciation.

Many studies have proven that appreciation in the workplace can dramatically improve employee engagement. Based on employee surveys taken from around the globe, many workers feel that if recognition and rewards were more prevalent in the office than they would feel more engaged and motivated.

Are you actively engaging employees?

Are you actively engaging employees?

Now this doesn’t mean that handing out free candy, paid time off (PTO) and large bonuses will solve all of your problems. According to the Towers Watson Global Recognition Study, “In order for recognition to be effective, managers must clearly define performance expectations and, with equal clarity, convey to employees what shape the rewards for performance will take.”  Read the rest of this entry »