Easy-to-implement employee engagement ideas

April 5th 2019 | Posted by phil scott

Easy-to-implement employee engagement ideas

As every HR department knows, a business’s success depends on its workforce.

Employees are not just there to generate business results. They must be understood and nurtured so they deliver what’s expected of them. Disengaged employees who don’t feel appreciated will soon show their dissatisfaction in their work.

Therefore, in order to build a successful workforce, an employee engagement strategy must be a top priority. Showing that you believe your employees are valued and appreciated will not only help retain your existing staff members but will help attract new talent into your organisation. That’s why having an employee engagement strategy is so important.

Here are some employee engagement ideas, which are effective and easy to implement…

Engagement activities

One of the best ways to get your employees to feel valued is through engagement activities, where employees get a chance to work in cross-functional teams or at higher management levels.

Examples may include:

  • Involving your employees in business planning
  • Creating a knowledge share system
  • Encouraging creative knowledge sharing
  • Meetings regarding the financial state of the company
  • Creating exciting opportunities
  • Having internal publications

Extra qualifications for hardworking employees

Have you thought about awarding your hardworking employees with extra education or training that could help further their careers and skills, and maybe even benefit your business? This could be carried out by awarding scholarships or investing in professional qualification courses.

It may cost money to send your employees on extra training or education, but the investment may turn out to be worthwhile in the long run – not just in terms of engagement. Any new skills they pick up can go straight back into your business.

Flexible working schedules

Flexible working schedules are becoming more popular for a reason – they improve employee wellbeing and are unlikely to pose any threat to the everyday running of your business. Some employees find it difficult to juggle a 9-5 working schedule along with their home responsibilities.

Whether they need to take their children to school, currently take part in education outside of work or simply need more time to enjoy their hobbies, giving them the flexibility to change their working patterns slightly could make all the difference to them, improving their overall wellbeing and engagement.

What other ways can you show appreciation and recognition?

There are various perks and benefits you can offer employees to show them you care. You might think about:

  • Gym memberships
  • Healthy snacks at work
  • The option of remote working
  • Performance bonuses
  • Extra holidays (bought)

At the end of the day, though, nothing beats a good old-fashioned compliment. Remember, if you fail to even appreciate your employees, it will sap their motivation which will be detrimental to your business.

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