Our tips on how to build employee engagement
One of the biggest challenges for employers these days is building and encouraging culture and employee engagement. In fact, 87% of organisations cited culture and engagement as one of their top challenges, and 50% said that the problem was “very important,” according to a report entitled Global Human Capital Trends 2015, by Deloitte.
You may ask why employee engagement is important? Research shows that companies with employee engagement programmes have seen a 26% increase year-on-year in annual revenue, compared to those without a formal programme, according to Aberdeen Group. It is also proven to help with staff retention.
So, what can you do to make your staff feel appreciated and create this much-needed engagement?
Here are a few hints and tips that we have come up with at Cloudbooking that might help. These are all ideas that we have tried and tested as a team, and have found beneficial. After all, the proof is in the pudding as they say, and our staff retention and satisfaction is 91%!
Team bonding FUN
It’s surprising how many people work in the same office and don’t even know one another’s name. That’s because in today’s fast-paced work environment we don’t even have time to stop for lunch, let alone to have a chat. So, how else can we help our employees to get to know one another?
Well… why not hold an office games night? Or how about screening a movie in your boardroom and ordering in pizza? Better still… a drinks “happy” hour once a week, where employees can have a chat and a drink for an hour? This could prove valuable in building bonds and encouraging teamwork.
Be a mentor as well as a leader
It may seem obvious, but an employee’s performance can suffer if they’re struggling with a piece of work, or don’t quite understand what they’re doing. People can isolate themselves because they’re too afraid to ask for help.
So, make it easier for your employees to talk to you! Offer a “drop-in” clinic once a month, where employees can come and talk to you about any work-related issues, or worries. This should help improve performance, as well as show your employees that you care.
Collaboration is a crucial thing for any businesses to concentrate on improving, as it can help to build ideas, cut down on wasted time and, most importantly, improve employee engagement. Some employees will prefer to work on their own, however, by encouraging collaboration you can get better results, as well as team satisfaction. Everyone will feel included and that they’re achieving something!
It doesn’t have to even be work-related. You could set your team a group challenge, or run a sports day? Maybe even a baking or cookery class?
Health and Wellbeing
We are all susceptible to stress in everyday life, and sometimes this can get in the way and cause us to become less productive at work. A good way to counteract this is to offer your employees help with their health and fitness – after all, the best anti-depressant is exercise!
Fitness is incredibly important for the mind, body, and soul, and will help improve an employee’s concentration and energy levels, as well as helping them to feel part of the team.
Maybe start a lunchtime running club, or exercise class once a week? Yoga or Pilates is also great for calming the mind. You could get a yoga instructor to come to your office once a week if you have space, or you could take your team to a class locally.
Another idea would be to get a beauty therapist to come in once a month and offer short taster sessions to employees. A head massage, or a shoulder, back and neck massage can feel like bliss if you’ve been sitting at a desk all day and feel tense.
When at your desk it’s so easy to forget to drink water, have copious amounts of coffee, and snack on unhealthy comfort food. In fact, most employees these days will even eat lunch at their desk – taking no time to digest their food and let their brain connect with what they’re eating.
This, in the long run, can impact performance, as well as a person’s mood. You can help to change this as an employer, by offering free nutrition classes. Maybe you can get a nutritionist to come in once a month, or even send out a newsletter with hints and tips every month.
Cake – everyone loves cake!
Thanks to the likes of The Great British Bake Off, and other baking shows, people’s love for baking has been reignited. So, why not make the most of it and encourage the keen bakers in the team to take it in turns to bake cakes? For those who can’t bake, they can cheat and just buy some cake. But, cake is a great way of getting people together, as well as feeling rewarded and appreciated. Everyone loves a bit of a sugar-rush on a Friday afternoon when their energy levels are starting to slump?
Learning never stops
They say that we learn something new every day! Employees like to feel as if their career is progressing and that their job helps them to be the best version of themselves. So, why not help your employees to keep learning and bettering themselves, by offering education classes or sending them on courses? You could give them the opportunity to take time out of work and volunteer for a charity of their choosing. These are all valuable skills that will make the employee feel that working for your company is more than just a job.
Bring your pet to work day!
Most people love pets, and will probably have a cat, a dog, a guinea pig, or some other small creature. It’s been proven that pets can be incredibly therapeutic and a great way of getting people to communicate. Okay, you can’t turn the office into Old MacDonald’s farm, but maybe you can have a ‘bring your pet’ to work day every now and again, with T&Cs attached, of course!
One size doesn’t fit all!
Here at Cloudbooking, we understand that every team is different, and some, or maybe all of these ideas won’t work for your team. But, it has been proven that employee engagement does improve efficiency in the workplace, so it’s definitely worth looking into what works for you and your company.