#2 Gamify Your Trainings
In addition to assigning a mentor, creating interactive training material will also kick employee engagement up a notch. There are many helpful and engaging tools that will allow you to convert your training material into fun quizzes or games.
One of my favourite sites for this is Kahoot which is an online, game-based learning platform that allows you to create your own custom quizzes for your company. Your employees can complete these trainings via their computer or mobile phone and are amazing tools for group trainings.
Not the virtual learning type? Try using simple flashcards or an office scavenger hunt to help new employees learn about the different departments and policies in your organisation. Gamifying your onboarding and trainings will not only lead to more engaged employees, but will also serve as a great team-building opportunity for your company.
#3 Hold Guided Brainstorming Sessions
It is common for departments to hold weekly meetings where the executives relay information to their team of employees. Though this is helpful in keeping your employees up to date, this is not as engaging as most would presume.
One way to get more interaction from employees is to hold guided brainstorming sessions. This creates a more equal sharing of ideas and information, and encourages employees to participate rather than just sit back and take notes. Brainstorming sessions emphasise interaction, oral presentation and careful listening, while allowing each employee an opportunity lend their experience to a given issue.
Holding guided group brainstorming sessions will allow for more employee creativity and problem-solving, two very beneficial skill sets for any company.
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#4 Schedule a Personal Project Hour
Millennials get a bad rap for many reasons, and as a “complicated” millennial myself, I can understand why organisations might be confused about how to best support and engage our generation. The reality is, millennials want the opportunity to lead and learn, but also to grow. Gallup polls found that millennials rank opportunities for learning and growth above all other concerns.
Knowing this, an easy way to get these employees engaged is for the company to engage and contribute to their individual growth. Setting up a “Personal Project Hour” for your office encourages your employees to spend time on any personal goals or projects they might have, and shows them that you as a company are invested in them and their passions.
#5 Motivational Speakers
Who better to rouse up a crowd and get your employees engaged than a motivational speaker? Bringing in an outside influence can shake up the dynamic at your company, and brew up some encouragement and ambition.
There are countless organisations and individuals that can easily visit your office and bring some fresh ideas and perspectives to your team. And don’t think that traditional motivational speakers are the only way to go. Think outside the box and bring in figures that can best support your company’s dynamic and mission.
Are you a Sports PR firm? Bring in a celebrated couch or sports analyst. Does your company provide family camping trips? Invite a travel blogger to come in and share some of their favourite sites and essential camping tips. Be creative with the influences you bring to motivate your team and watch their engagement soar.
Budget not allow for bringing motivational speakers in? Check out more low-cost ideas to inspire your employees by downloading the full PDF of engagement event ideas.
#6 Promote and Provide Wellness Opportunities
Wellness is not merely described as a lack of illness: The American Journal of Health Promotion defines “wellness” as a balance of physical, social, emotional and intellectual health. Promoting opportunities for wellness within your company will not only lead to more engaged staff, but healthier, more capable employees all together.
Collaborating with a local gym and setting up special rates for your employees is an easy way to encourage healthier habits in your company. One could also hold weekly workout classes over lunch, or provide a special room or space for employees to take a break and meditate throughout the day.
More and more studies postulate that physical exercise and mental relaxation practices vastly improve an individual’s physical and mental health. All around “healthier” employees will be beneficial to your company’s productivity and budget.
#7 Organize a Potluck
Like the notable saying says, the way to an engaged employee is through his/her stomach. Okay, maybe that isn’t the original quote, but it definitely does apply in this context. Food has a natural way of bringing people together, and hosting a potluck lunch or dinner is another inexpensive way to foster your company’s sense of community.
Potlucks are easy to set up in your office kitchen or meeting space, and one can utilise websites such as Perfect Potluck or SignUpGenius to easily organize who will bring what to the office potluck. This will prevent the unfortunate predicament of your employees bringing six dishes of potatoes but no forks.
#8 Host a Trivia or Quiz Event
Nothing gets a person more engaged then a little competition. Invite your employees to partake in some good ol’ trivia to test their skills and get the competitive juices flowing. Quizzes and trivia are a great way to get employees engaged and allow more organic interaction between teams.
If you want to test out your employees knowledge of company policies or history, make your own quiz using tools such as Sporcle or Typeform. Additionally, there are tons of online trivia materials you can download that cover various topics, from pop culture to science. Select some fun prizes like a coupon to come into work an hour later, or a gift card to a local shop to build employee enthusiasm.
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#9 Set Up an Office Market
Going along with the importance of highlighting your employees’ individual talents, your company can host an Office Market to showcase worker’s unique abilities. One of my former workplaces hosted office markets around the holidays, utilizing one of our meeting rooms to allow employees to set up tables and sell any crafts or goods they had produced.
It was amazing to see my colleagues selling homemade jams, fresh eggs from their farm and even creating custom calligraphy on signs and cards for the staff. This is an excellent opportunity to feature your employees’ skills and create a strong communal feeling among the staff.
Events and Activities for When You Need to Get Out of the Office
#10 Host a Happy Hour or Friday Bar
This is a fool-proof, easy way to get your employees out of the office and into a casual environment to mingle. Hosting a special happy hour for your employees at a local bar, or even organizing a Friday Bar at your office is one way to get your employees to interact with colleagues that they might not work as closely with, while also welcoming more relaxed communication between your team.
Though it is a nice gesture to pay for a round of drinks or supply some snacks for your team, this is not mandatory. Just offering a time and a place for your employees to chat and engage more organically will do the trick just fine!
#11 Attend a Sporting Game
If your city or town has a few local sports teams, why not take the team out for an engaging game! Whether it’s basketball, football or handball, taking your employees out to a local game is perfect for any sport fans, and another wonderful way to get your team out of the office and engaging together around one activity.
Wanting to keep the budget low? Instead of paying for your employees’ tickets, collaborate with the sports team’s sales department to negotiate a group discount or discounted tickets. For the employees that would like to participate in this experience, a lowered ticket price will be a great incentive to attend.
Looking for a more inexpensive way to keep your employees active and engaged? Check out the full PDF of this blog with a complete list of activities, plus more events and engagement tips!
#12 Explore Charity or Volunteer Events
There is nothing better than engaged employees making a difference. Investigate charities and volunteer groups in your city and offer a few service opportunities to your team. Whether it is a park clean-up day or assisting with meal delivery service to those in need, organizing a charitable event for your employees to participate in is an excellent way to make a difference in your community and allow your employees to work together for a good cause. Need ideas on charities?
Ask your employees! There is a very good chance that a team member that has been involved or is familiar with a local volunteer group.
#13 Hold Nature Walks or Park Days
If your company is lucky enough to have a beautiful piece of nature close by, why not take the team out to get some fresh air and enjoy Mother Nature. Host a Park Day with a few outdoor activities and a potluck picnic to get employees out in the natural environment with their colleagues.
If you don’t have time restrictions, offer employees a shorter work day in exchange for participating in a nature walk or an afternoon out by the lake. Not only will this allow your employees to connect outside of the office, but studies have found that even the slightest contact with nature can have a significant boost on one’s productivity and overall mental health.
#14 Participate in an Escape Room Experience
In recent years, more and more of these fantastic interactive Escape Rooms have popped up. The idea behind this strategic activity is act out your wildest detective/James Bond fantasies and escape from a mysterious room using only the clues provided and the abilities of your fellow participants. There is no surprise why these escape rooms have been a popular off-site activity for businesses and teams alike.
This is an excellent engagement activity for your employees because it requires them to work with their colleagues to communicate, collaborate and solve puzzles with limited information and time. What better way to engage your employees while offering team-bonding and all-around fun!
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#15 Organise a Breakfast or Lunch with CEO
Offering employees some one-on-one time with the CEO is important on many levels. First, it shows the employee that there is not a “corporate barrier” between them and the boss. When an employee perceives the CEO to be more accessible, they feel less like a worker bee and more like a valued member of the company team. Secondly, having regular meetings between employees and the CEO has shown to have a positive influence on retention.
Employees that regularly have opportunities to bond with their CEO and colleagues are more likely to stay at a place of work because of these developed relationships. Ultimately, carving out time for the CEO to connect with his/her employees shows that "the boss" is committed and appreciative of their team.
Want to kick up the appreciation even more? Host birthday brunches with employees monthly. Any employee who has a birthday that month gets a special brunch or sit-down with the CEO. Anything to show that leadership is invested in their employees is a step closer to increased engagement and commitment from the employee.
Other Ideas for Increased Communication and Engaged Employees
When people speak about the importance of employees being engaged, this could also be synonymous with employees feeling connected to their work, as well as to their colleagues. There have been countless studies that have all concluded the same thing.
According to Careertrend.com, communication between employees and supervisors has one of the largest impacts an employee’s job satisfaction and performance and according to Forbes, poor communication has been shown to lower employee’s efficiency, hinder innovation and decrease overall morale.
An easy, yet effective way to boost the connection and collaboration among employees is to improve your office communication platforms. This can be accomplished by simply creating an internal newsletter or magazine for your office, or for a more technological, long-term boost, updating your business’ intranet.
A streamlined intranet can have a significant impact on not only how your employees communicate, but how productive and engaged they are with the resources and materials that are central to your business.
Knowing is Only Half the Battle
Congratulations! You are now well-informed about the myriad of benefits of engaged employees, and the copious consequences of disengaged employees. Now, you have 15+ ways to turn the disinterested employee into the committed superstar worker.
But much like employee engagement, knowledge isn’t merely a goal, but a foundation. Employ just a few of these provided engagement events and activities at your company and watch your employees’ commitment and productivity in their work grow.
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