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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.

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 »

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 »

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.

Read the rest of this entry »

Leadership Skills Management, Part III: Being the “Bad Guy”

June 3rd, 2014

If you’ve followed our leadership skills series, we hope that you’ve been able to transform your management approach to become an effective leader in your work place, and also in everyday life. In the final part of our leadership skills management series, we take a look at leadership at its most difficult points.

Unfortunately, being in a management role isn’t easy. Sometimes, you have to do the thing that’s best for the team, even when it comes with some harsh looks.

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While you may have the best view from sitting on the fence, a lack of decision making skills won’t score you any points in the management department. Teams need someone who will push for results and make the decisions necessary to reach success. “This skill enables the manager to anticipate problems before they arise and prompts him/her to gather information from multiple sources, evaluate the entire situation in consultation with his/her team mates and then make a sound decision,” says Gabby Bugwadia in her article, Ten Skills Every Manager Should Possess. If you procrastinate and constantly try to please everyone, you will not complete a project. As you develop your leadership skills, you will discover that the decisions you make will not always be the right ones, and that’s okay, it’s a learning process.  Read the rest of this entry »

Leadership in Management Series, Part II: Team Building

May 27th, 2014

We began our leadership in management series last week by introducing three skills that every manager should have. This week, we continue the lessons in leadership, particularly in the area of team building.

As any good manager would know, leadership is about coaching a team to work together and produce results that take the leader out of the spotlight. As Sam Walton says, “Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.”  leadership

4 Leadership Skills to Create Successful Team Building

1. Be a developer, not a fixer.

It is not a leader’s job to fix anyone. Instead, use leadership as a way to develop and facilitate the learning process of the individuals on the team. Identify the team’s strongest assets and place members in those positions they are most fit for. Sure, it may take some coaching and patience, but it is the manager’s job to propel an individual forward and let them discover their talents. It is the development that will most prove how strong the team is. Read the rest of this entry »