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Assign one of your companyís values to a certain employee, every month, based on a peer-voting process. The person who best represented that value can be set as an example and be publicly acknowledged for his actions.
2. Have teams create their own set of values
Designing your own game rules makes playing a lot more fun. Team synergy is not an easy objective to attain, and itís definitely not a rapid one. But it is essential to the end-game objective and to the overall performance of the project. Having teams create a team culture, based on 2-3 commonly agreed values or ground rules can help nurture and speed up that process.
3. Encourage personal projects
Give employees a 1-2 h/ day window to pursue their own projects. Having people from different departments connecting and bouncing ideas can help get a new perspective. Projects and initiatives can get new directions, encouraging a creativity and energy flow that would only benefit the rest of the working hours. Ever heard of the Blue Sky program
4. Assign a buddy/mentor for every newcomer
An important part of the onboarding process is having someone answer some really important questions. Questions that someone would be hesitant to simply ask a manager. Building a trustworthy relationship with someone with more experience in that company can help guide the newcomer. This way he or she can better adapt and grow part of the team.
5. Have themed office day
For the more open-minded companies, this initiative can bring a lot of fun and increase employee loyalty.
6. Have team photos
Have photos of your team on a wall, or frame them around the office. Group photos, funny photos, events photos or random photos snapped when people werenít watching. Itís a cultural element that can encourage and foster work relationships and employee engagement.
7. Play the Happiness At Work card game
By applying knowledge of the brain and how we work together, Choose Happiness @ Work engages adult learners in a unique and powerful way. It is a powerful tool that engages learning, application, humor and team-building in a fun, facilitative experience and it teaches science-based tools in a way that allows people to safely raise and discuss issues, build trust, and boost engagement.
Each of the over 50 scenarios in the game identifies and provides context for a common workplace situation, followed by a succinct scientific justification for why it is a problem at work. Try it!
8. Encourage charity
I got an email the other day, after downloading a resource online that simply made my day. The awesome people at Network For Good came up with a Corporate Charity Gift Card. You can personalize your own company gift card and reward employees by allowing them to make a charitable donation to an organization of their choice. Take Avedaís example. The company came up with a cause that was aligned with their companyís mission, empowered employees to team up and raise money for that cause, in a friendly but competitive manner. And it worked.
9. Encourage volunteering
If you find yourself doubting the classical money-to-charity approach, you should try the new volunteer-for-a-cause angle. Give your employees a couple of days a month to volunteer for a cause they support. Hereís a great reference article.
10. Raise salaries
Iím sure at least half of the people reading this article will have an eyebrow up at this point. Bear with me. In 2008, attrition among AT&T Mobilityís retail sales consultants cost millions annually and impacted the service experience. The company reduced costs, increased revenues and improved the customer experience by developing employees to be more inspired and engaged.
11. Remind people your companyís mission and values
Itís important that you emphasize, once in a while, what your company stands for. People need to be reminded of why they are doing what theyíre doing.
12. Recognize and encourage innovation
You might have heard some pretty inspiring ideas around the office. What about that project that came together so well and had some amazing improvements that no one initially thought of? Find out who came up with that idea. Give them a friendly ďGood job!Ē or recognize them publicly for going the extra mile.
13. Celebrate achievements
Big or small, they are the solid proof that the work people are putting in has meaning. No one can go through tasks and assignments for months, or even years without burning out. Refill their energy tanks with some recognition and celebrate their hard work. This is also a great way to glue together teams.
14. Celebrate people
Birthdays, promotions, retirements, newcomers welcoming, there are plenty of important moments where people can be put at the front of the company. They make the company and itís a great and relaxing way of showing them that they matter.
15. Give and receive feedback
Yes, everyone knows that and everyone talks about it. But itís really hard to implement. Youíre dealing with peoplesí work, their position, their emotions and key success factors. Itís a dangerous mix that the wrong feedback can cause to explode. Keep it simple. Offer a framework or a system that employees can use with confidence and honesty. Let them know you value their opinion and, most importantly, act on that feedback. More thoughts on feedback.
16. Try some unusual employee engagement ideas
Itís the small things that can sometime make a difference. Like having colored mugs at work or an awesome air freshener.
And since weíre on the Out-of-the-box topic, you could try an Art Team Building. The guys at Team Building Singapore came up with this concept that encourages creativity and g1ives employees a different way to connect.
17. Show respect
This should be the cornerstone for every office interaction. Especially when it comes to people in different hierarchies. Read more about Respect In The Workplace.
18. Empower your employees
Nothing creates a greater sense of responsibility and ownership like having the decision power. Donít be afraid to let people be their own leader. Itís surely a great way to build trust, as opposed to micro-management.
19. Encourage learning
Challenge and support employees in learning and developing their skills. Not only will you have a motivated and well-prepared workforce but youíll see an increase in employee happiness and employee5 engagement.
20. Get social
Go out, have fun, have teambuildings and weekend competitions! It can be really overwhelming to work, work, work 8-12h a day and crave a weekend that passes in a blink of an eye. Join sports competitions and encourage team playing activities.
21. Make sure that people have all the resources they need
This doesnít sound like other typical employee engagement ideas but it has an important purpose. You need to make sure that you have the basics covered before you move on to other, more abstract, ideas. Equip your employees with the tools and systems that will make their job easier. This way, youíll get them to invest their energy into doing great work, instead of wasting precious time.
22. Ask the people who really know employee engagement
Being as this is a fairly new business component, you should trust the experts. Consult the right people to help you build a solid employee engagement strategy.
23. Get answers from your employees as well
This is related to feedback but itís more of an indirect feedback. Monitor and analyze your employees, your teams and the overall workspace. Youíll get some essential pointers into what works and what you can improve.
24. Build long-term engagement
Donít settle for a quick fix. Develop a long-term employee engagement strategy with clear objectives and action steps for more than a year, then re-evaluate and build on it.
25. Try and try again
Weíve based this advice on our experience and the experience of others that weíve worked it. However, what works for one company might not work for another. Itís important that you try and adapt, until you find the perfect angle for your employee engagement strategy.
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