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21 Ways to Engage Your Employees

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Keeping employees actively engaged in the workplace isn’t only important to build a positive work culture, it can also save you some big bucks. In fact, according to a Gallup poll, disengaged employees could be costing the US anywhere between $450-550 billion.

Although employee engagement plays a pivotal role in the workplace, it’s almost always worked on as an afterthought and overlooked as an essential element to the overall success of an organization. Given that a boost in productivity, collaborations and innovations are byproducts of a highly engaged workforce, it is imperative that employee engagement be given the importance it deserves.

It’s often the little things like your employees having a sense of belonging at the workplace, the ability to form bonds beyond just work with their colleagues, and getting a clap on the back for a job well done.

Here are 21 things that won’t break the bank, but will still have your employees giving you a big thumbs up.

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21 Ways to Engage Your Employees

  1. 1. Employee Engagement 21 Ways to boost employee engagement without breaking the bank 
  2. 2. When people are financially invested, they want a return. When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute.  SIMON SINEK
  3. 3. Why Engagement? Besides an increase in productivity, engaged employees are less likely to leave the organization. This, in turn, retains the knowledge and experience that are so critical to the success of an organization.
  4. 4. 1. If you've identified your company culture, you're already halfway there. Hiring according to this will ensure that your new hires actually want to work with the person they're sitting next to. Birds of a feather and all.  Hire according to your company culture
  5. 5. Introduce new hires to the entire team  It is important to nurture relationships in the workplace. The feeling of being cared for inculcates a sense of belonging, making employees more likely to feel happy and engaged at work.  2.
  6. 6. Make healthy options available3. Whether it's healthier food options in the cafeteria, a group yoga class, or an on-call doctor, your employees are sure to notice the extra mile and appreciate you even more for it. 
  7. 7. Provide regular coaching and training  Training shouldn't end with the initial induction and onboarding process, it needs to be continuous. A survey from Deloitte showed that retention rates were 25% higher for employees who engaged with mentorship programs.  4.
  8. 8. 5. Anonomys surveys are a great way to get a pulse of your employees. It's just easier to say things when there's absolutely no fear of being judged.  Send out an anonymous survey for honest feedback 
  9. 9. ALWAYS act on feedback  Not following up on feedback is a sure shot way to kill employee engagement. Although you may not be in a position to action all requests and wishes, it's at least a start once you get the ball rolling.  6.
  10. 10. Organize a learning club7. For most of us, work becomes a second home. Starting a learning club, where employees get to discuss and develop hobbies will not only get them involved with other members of the staff but also lower stress and encourage a healthy work life. 
  11. 11. Emphasize a work- life balance  A healthy work-life balance could mean different things to different employees. A great starting point though is to have flexible hours or the option to work from home on certain days.  8.
  12. 12. 9.One major factor that drives employees is the primal need to compete. By celebrating every win, you not only give the achiever the due recognition, you even motivate others to achieve their respective goals! Celebrate personal wins
  13. 13. Know what drives your employees It's not always about work. What pushes them, what are their interests, their hobbies. By showing interest, they'll know you care. Plus, it gives you insight into planning your next office event! 10.
  14. 14. Pave a roadmap for professional growth 11. At the time of joining, take the time to figure out what your new employee wants to be doing 5 years from now. Then every quarter, have a sit-down and discuss how they can move closer to their goal. 
  15. 15. Allow lateral movements  Several are still trying to figure out what they really want to do with their careers. If someone finds something else at your company that they’re passionate about, create a roadmap to get them there. 12.
  16. 16. 13. For top achievers in the organization, give them a list of high ranking seniors and the chance to experience a day in their life. Right from the commute, to a days work. It's an experience that won't be forgotten soon.  Give them an experience of "A day in the life of..." 
  17. 17. Use contests and gamification Get a little healthy competition flowing in the team. Whether it is a contest to boost brand content or a sales target, contests leverage instant feedback and keep players coming back for more. 14.
  18. 18. Add more responsibility, not just tasks15. At the end of the day, people are inherently goal-oriented. When you offer them something worth achieving, you’ll be amazed at the amount of drive and purpose it gives them.
  19. 19. Incentivize goals correctly Choosing the right incentives for your employees is key. A day at the spa may work for some, but to others, a dinner for 2 would be more appreciated. This is where getting to know what drives your employees comes real handy.  16.
  20. 20. 17. There's little that gets more personal than a hand-written note. It shows that the person has invested time and effort into the appreciation. Coming from a manager, it will mean the world to the employee.  Write out notes to applaud exceptional work
  21. 21. Have open brain- storm sessions Ditch the boardrooms and the rulebook. Hit 2 birds with one stone and have an "anything goes" brainstorm. Not only will you get some great ideas, your employees will also be grateful that they were included.  18.
  22. 22. Let them be in the "know"19. One thing that is true for all workplaces is that employees want to be in the know. They want to be in the circle of trust. So do just that.  Share the direction, mission, and vision for the company and keep it alive with a weekly, fortnightly, or monthly newsletter! 
  23. 23. Organize a potluck Good food, the whole team together, and friendly banter over the last brownie, it's the perfect recipe (pun intended) for team bonding! 20.
  24. 24. 21.Social events like a weekly team activity or minute game help employees bond with others on the team who they don’t interact with on a daily basis. Besides building friendships, it also builds a sense of community within your organization. HAVE MORE FUN
  25. 25. Well begun is half done.  ARISTOTLE
  26. 26. SOCIOADVOCACY.COM Let's make this work. Choose well for your employees. 

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