Since 2009, WeSpire has been reporting on the effect that employee engagement programs such wellbeing, positive culture, social impact and sustainability can have on employees. WeSpire’s 2018 State of Employee Engagement findings show there are many ways to kickstart your employee engagement strategy.
This year’s report shows:
- The impact of a formal engagement strategy on recruitment and retention
- The most frequently offered employee engagement programs and their participation rates
- The impact of formal engagement programming on companies of different sizes
- The connection between having an formal engagement strategy and how employees view their employer
We like to jump at any opportunity to better our teams, our organization, and ourselves. Here are four ideas you can use to kickstart employee engagement programs you might have running.
- Establish a weekly goal for your team. Studies show employees who are working towards achieving their goals are more motivated and engaged in their work. Providing a realistic team goal, such as completing a project in X amount of days, will not only unite your team, but it will encourage cross collaboration and increase social interaction, all factors that help improve engagement.
- Practice gratitude. We explored the benefits of expressing gratitude and reported that it leads to higher levels of attentiveness, enthusiasm, and determination. It also can strengthen relationships and increase self-esteem. These employee characteristics lead to more productive and engaged employees.
- Pursue and provide more professional development opportunities. A survey done by BetterBuys found employees who had access to professional development programs were 15 percent more engaged in their jobs than workers without similar opportunities. The types of perks employees want has changed a bit over the past few years. Employees, millennials especially, are looking for jobs that provide them with professional development opportunities and exposure to a wide variety of skills to help them grow and advance their careers, both personally and professionally.
- Commit to sustainability. Cone Communications found that 77 percent of employees want their employers to provide them with hands-on activities around environmental responsibility. If your organization already has sustainability goals in place then you’re ahead of the game. Find creative ways to involve employees in office wide recycling challenges, organize a volunteer day-of-service, or share sustainability tips over coffee breaks! If your organization doesn’t have a company wide mission towards sustainability you can still create goals for your team and engage them in your efforts.
WeSpire surveyed more than 1,500 U.S. employees across a wide variety of industries to better understand what organizations can do to truly move the dial when it comes to improving employee engagement levels, employee satisfaction, and sense of purpose.