According to a Dale Carnegie study on over 1500 employees, “companies with engaged employees outperform those without by up to 202%”.
To enhance engagement among your team members, it’s paramount that your company provides them with a positive experience. We’ve put together a list of the top ten ways to accomplish just that.
1. Mind your manners
Some people feel that saying please and thank you isn’t necessary when working in business, but these simple words go a long way in making team members feel appreciated.
2. Pet perks
No one wants to leave Fido at home. Show some (puppy) love by allowing people to bring their dog to the office. If you need some help with instating an office dog policy, check out our recent blog post, Why Allowing Dogs in the Office is a No Brainer.
3. In the know
Keep everyone looped in with video updates or regular company-wide meetings. Informing your team members about new company developments and product roadmaps will help to ensure that they feel like they are a valued member of the team.
4. Name game
Call on your team’s creative power to brainstorm fun, memorable titles for boardrooms, or to come up with a new product name. Doing so enhances team building and boosts employee engagement.
5. Celebrate in style
Make your team members feel appreciated with customised anniversary or birthday celebrations for each individual. You can do this by gifting them with their favourite treat, such as cheesecake, ice cream cake or whatever he or she prefers.
6. Opportunity knocks
Give people the chance to work outside of their role and explore other passions. Have an aspiring artist on the team? Maybe they can sketch that new office mural? Find out what each team member is passionate about and try to work that passion into their role. For instance, if a Customer Support specialist happens to love event planning, see if she might be interested in organizing office events such as holiday parties or summer barbeques –doing so is sure to boost employee engagement and overall satisfaction.
7. Personalized praise
For some people, nothing is greater than confetti cannons and public recognition. Others prefer a quiet, private nod of acknowledgement. Determine which type of reward and recognition each of your team members prefers and try to give them what they need.
8. Brand with benefits
Health plans speak to company culture. What does yours say to the world? Consult with an advisor to see how coverage types can attract or alienate certain candidates.
9. An open book
Salaries and promotions can breed internal resentment. To prevent that, practice transparency wherever you can.
10. Show off
You have permission to brag a little. Feel free to share company milestones with the whole team—after all, you got here together. Showing employees that the company is growing and doing great things helps to ensure that employees feel proud of their team and where they work.