Employers want their employees to be productive and motivated to work when they’re at work.
But what some employers don’t realize is that it’s up to them to keep their employees engaged.
This can be verified by reviewing the most recent Gallup Research Poll “State of the American Workplace” which states that over 70% of U.S. workers are not engaged and in some cases completely disengaged at work.
So, how can employers engage employees?
The first thing on the agenda is learning how to keep your employees engaged and then you have to follow through. Here are some employee engagement ideas to get you started:
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Help Them Be Healthy
Healthy and relaxed employees are more likely to be engaged employees. One way to help your employees feel relaxed is to give them a day off once in a while.
But not all offices can afford to do this, and for some it wouldn’t be very productive.
Instead, think about installing a wellness studio where your team members can practice breaktime yoga and other brief de-stressing activities.
Make sure to provide healthy foods and snacks in the cafeteria or break room so your employees will feel healthy and energized.
Appreciation ceremonies may seem dull and unenchanting, but appreciating your team members is important on many levels.
It makes them feel like coming back each day to perform the (possibly dull) duties for which they’re recognized.
You can leave notes or small ‘thank you’ gifts at their desk individually to make them feel special for their achievement.
Encourage your employees to share their ideas with you and the staff so that they feel included. Connect with your employees to learn more about their goals and help them with their professional development.
Encourage a work-life balance, too. Provide them with resources for mentors and coaches and career guides. Remind them it’s okay to go home when they’re working too late.
Enlist Motivational Speakers
Team-building activities like games and office gatherings are well-established employee engagement ideas.
If you don’t want motivational speakers, ask one of your employees to share motivational experiences with the staff. Better yet, ask all of your team members to share motivational stories with each other.
Share With Them
Another way to engage employees is to share with them. Tell them what’s going on in the higher ranks of the company so that they feel like they’re a part of what’s happening.
Involve your team members in upcoming events or big client accounts. They will be happier and more productive because of it.
Don’t forget to go in the other direction, too: make employee feedback a part of your company culture. Employee feedback may be the most important of all employee engagement ideas, because it gives your team members the opportunity to exert some influence over their work environment.
Employee Engagement Ideas For Growing Businesses
There are lots of things you can do to get your employees engaged and motivated. No matter what you try, make sure you’re honest and upfront with your employees — so your team members will feel confident and have trust in you and the company you all work for.
When it comes time to move your growing business into a new office space, be sure to keep your team members informed and provide inside details about your office move and business growth so that your employees feel connected and engaged.