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Employee
Engagement
As a manager, keeping your
employees engaged is perhaps
the biggest challenge you face.
It’s also a huge opportunity to
gain long-term commitment
and discretionary effort from
your team.
But, in order to achieve that,
your engagement efforts have
to be aligned with your overall
business strategy.
Business commitment to
employee engagement
You have to be clear about “what” you want to
achieve in your company, before jumping to
“how” you’re going to go about it.
Your HR function is essential in defining and
planning an employee engagement strategy that
aligns with your organization’s goals.
Whether you’re simply browsing for
some ideas that might boost up morale
or if you’re putting down the final
details for your HR strategy, here are
15 employee engagement activities
that you should try!
Involve employees in your
business planning process
Every 6 months, or even quarterly, present the
most important issues in your company and
the actions made to address those issues.
Involve your team in planning ahead, assessing
opportunities and coming up with
improvement ideas for your business strategy.
Create a knowledge sharing
system
One of the biggest costs of a high employee
turnover rate is the loss of essential information.
Implement a mentorship program, pairing
experienced employees with newly hired ones.
Create a learning program template that they
should follow, giving them enough space to test
their own learning methods.
Encourage knowledge
sharing in a creative way
Create an open sharing space, once every 2
months or so, where every team can present
updates on their project and key learning points.
Make it fun and creative! You can have a theme
per each sharing session. For example, this
month’s theme is “Mafia movies” and the Sales
team decides to present its updates in a
Godfather-like manner.
Show them the money
Give your team a quick presentation of the
financial state of your company, every quarter or
at the end of the year.
Show them how everyone’s efforts are linked
together, set bold objectives for the next months
and get everyone involved in meeting those
objectives.
Encourage and provide
learning opportunities
Create your own Academy, where employees
can access the knowledge and development
opportunities that they need.
Assess their needs and their preferences, create
a curriculum and set-up 1-2 classes per week.
Make it engaging and rewarding with a
Graduation ceremony, caps and flowers and
even a fun night out.
Mens sana in corpore sano
Have your own Office Olympics where everyone
can get involved and have fun. Promote
wellbeing and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle
in a fun, competitive way.
Get to know each other in a different
environment and connect people with the same
interests. Prizes and embarrassing photos are a
must.
Have a hack night
Break monotony with an ambitious working
night. Set a clear objective, create your own set
of rules (breaks, music, snacks, etc.) and try to be
as productive as possible in just one night.
Get everyone together and test your creative
and operational limits. I promise it’s going to be
really fun!
Create excitement about
upcoming opportunities
Make sure you communicate upcoming
opportunities on a regular basis. Get employees
excited and striving for what’s next. Do it in your
internal newsletter, face-to-face or during a
general update meeting.
If they’re excited about what’s next, they’ll do
their best and reply with a “No, thank you” to
those irritating poaching emails from your
competition.
Let them create their own
onboarding experience
Create a self-guided onboarding experience.
People are much more likely to remember and
assimilate information that they get on their
own.
Set the ground rules, give them basic
instructions, a list of objectives and a timeframe.
Make onboarding fun
Have a scavenger hunt onboarding. Turn
information that is usually considered boring or
useless into company trivia and learning how to
use tools and systems, such as the internal
communication system.
Include other people in the game. For example,
have some of the older employees provide
answers and get to know the new hires.
Create your own internal
magazine
Create your internal employee-focused
magazine with fun columns, news, featured
stories and opportunities. Who wouldn’t like to
be featured on the cover as Employee of the
Month?
It can be an online magazine or a printed one. Or,
it can be both, a monthly online issue and a
quarterly printed one.
TEDx [InsertCompany
NameHere]
Have your own company TEDx-like Talks, where
you get to share ideas, boost creativity and
encourage innovation.
Make your workplace less about work and more
about the people there. Their ideas, experiences
and aspirations.
The League of Extraordinary
Managers
Managers are a key business component and an
equally important engagement driver. Create a
coaching program for managers and teach them
to really care.
Coach them towards maximum contribution and
satisfaction, align them with the organization’s
strategy, mission and values and show them how
to recognize attitude, effort and results.
“I am my own hero”
Encourage individuals to design and own their
career paths, instead of relying on the company
or on their manager.
Have people write their goal on a piece of paper.
Put it in an envelope and close it. Then, after 6
months or a year, give them the sealed
envelopes back to see if they’ve realized that
goal. Managers will have a guiding role.
Give back
Get involved in social and charity initiatives.
Giving back creates a positive mentality. It also
fosters pride and loyalty.
Get the team together, have everyone pitch a
cause and pick the one you want to support. It’s
important that you make it personal, that you
make it count. You can donate either time and
involvement, or money, or both.
Moving from theory to practice is a big
challenge. Most companies that measure
employee engagement do little beyond
that measurement.
Taking action means ensuring that all
employees understand the company
vision and its strategic direction, as well as
what their individual role is in achieving it.
“Progressive leaders understand that
although their people have individual
preferences, there is a common list of
things they want (and deserve)--things that
are necessary to encourage employees fully
engaging with the enterprise.”
BILL CATLETTE AND RICHARD HADDEN,
SOURCE: FASTCOMPANY
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15 Employee Engagement activities that you can start doing now

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  • 2. Employee Engagement As a manager, keeping your employees engaged is perhaps the biggest challenge you face. It’s also a huge opportunity to gain long-term commitment and discretionary effort from your team. But, in order to achieve that, your engagement efforts have to be aligned with your overall business strategy.
  • 3. Business commitment to employee engagement You have to be clear about “what” you want to achieve in your company, before jumping to “how” you’re going to go about it. Your HR function is essential in defining and planning an employee engagement strategy that aligns with your organization’s goals.
  • 4. Whether you’re simply browsing for some ideas that might boost up morale or if you’re putting down the final details for your HR strategy, here are 15 employee engagement activities that you should try!
  • 5. Involve employees in your business planning process Every 6 months, or even quarterly, present the most important issues in your company and the actions made to address those issues. Involve your team in planning ahead, assessing opportunities and coming up with improvement ideas for your business strategy.
  • 6. Create a knowledge sharing system One of the biggest costs of a high employee turnover rate is the loss of essential information. Implement a mentorship program, pairing experienced employees with newly hired ones. Create a learning program template that they should follow, giving them enough space to test their own learning methods.
  • 7. Encourage knowledge sharing in a creative way Create an open sharing space, once every 2 months or so, where every team can present updates on their project and key learning points. Make it fun and creative! You can have a theme per each sharing session. For example, this month’s theme is “Mafia movies” and the Sales team decides to present its updates in a Godfather-like manner.
  • 8. Show them the money Give your team a quick presentation of the financial state of your company, every quarter or at the end of the year. Show them how everyone’s efforts are linked together, set bold objectives for the next months and get everyone involved in meeting those objectives.
  • 9. Encourage and provide learning opportunities Create your own Academy, where employees can access the knowledge and development opportunities that they need. Assess their needs and their preferences, create a curriculum and set-up 1-2 classes per week. Make it engaging and rewarding with a Graduation ceremony, caps and flowers and even a fun night out.
  • 10. Mens sana in corpore sano Have your own Office Olympics where everyone can get involved and have fun. Promote wellbeing and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle in a fun, competitive way. Get to know each other in a different environment and connect people with the same interests. Prizes and embarrassing photos are a must.
  • 11. Have a hack night Break monotony with an ambitious working night. Set a clear objective, create your own set of rules (breaks, music, snacks, etc.) and try to be as productive as possible in just one night. Get everyone together and test your creative and operational limits. I promise it’s going to be really fun!
  • 12. Create excitement about upcoming opportunities Make sure you communicate upcoming opportunities on a regular basis. Get employees excited and striving for what’s next. Do it in your internal newsletter, face-to-face or during a general update meeting. If they’re excited about what’s next, they’ll do their best and reply with a “No, thank you” to those irritating poaching emails from your competition.
  • 13. Let them create their own onboarding experience Create a self-guided onboarding experience. People are much more likely to remember and assimilate information that they get on their own. Set the ground rules, give them basic instructions, a list of objectives and a timeframe.
  • 14. Make onboarding fun Have a scavenger hunt onboarding. Turn information that is usually considered boring or useless into company trivia and learning how to use tools and systems, such as the internal communication system. Include other people in the game. For example, have some of the older employees provide answers and get to know the new hires.
  • 15. Create your own internal magazine Create your internal employee-focused magazine with fun columns, news, featured stories and opportunities. Who wouldn’t like to be featured on the cover as Employee of the Month? It can be an online magazine or a printed one. Or, it can be both, a monthly online issue and a quarterly printed one.
  • 16. TEDx [InsertCompany NameHere] Have your own company TEDx-like Talks, where you get to share ideas, boost creativity and encourage innovation. Make your workplace less about work and more about the people there. Their ideas, experiences and aspirations.
  • 17. The League of Extraordinary Managers Managers are a key business component and an equally important engagement driver. Create a coaching program for managers and teach them to really care. Coach them towards maximum contribution and satisfaction, align them with the organization’s strategy, mission and values and show them how to recognize attitude, effort and results.
  • 18. “I am my own hero” Encourage individuals to design and own their career paths, instead of relying on the company or on their manager. Have people write their goal on a piece of paper. Put it in an envelope and close it. Then, after 6 months or a year, give them the sealed envelopes back to see if they’ve realized that goal. Managers will have a guiding role.
  • 19. Give back Get involved in social and charity initiatives. Giving back creates a positive mentality. It also fosters pride and loyalty. Get the team together, have everyone pitch a cause and pick the one you want to support. It’s important that you make it personal, that you make it count. You can donate either time and involvement, or money, or both.
  • 20. Moving from theory to practice is a big challenge. Most companies that measure employee engagement do little beyond that measurement. Taking action means ensuring that all employees understand the company vision and its strategic direction, as well as what their individual role is in achieving it.
  • 21. “Progressive leaders understand that although their people have individual preferences, there is a common list of things they want (and deserve)--things that are necessary to encourage employees fully engaging with the enterprise.” BILL CATLETTE AND RICHARD HADDEN, SOURCE: FASTCOMPANY
  • 23. Thank you Infusionsoft, Iris, Jamesbondsv, Jean-Etienne Minh-Duy Poirrier, Kevin Dooley, jseliger2, Lars Plougmann, Bill Abbott, dennis crowley, Matt Biddulph, Kristin Dos Santos, rabble, Evan Bench, David Wall, Jeffrey Zeldman for the images used under Creative Commons 2.0.