4 ways to increase employee engagement in 2018.

Building an engaged and high performing team doesn't just happen by hiring the "right" people. Bringing in donuts once a week doesn't do it either. Upper management has to have an ongoing plan for keeping a positive culture and living in the age of technology makes it more and more challenging to get employees to disconnect and interact in a meaningful way.

Let's start off with a few staggering statistics about employee engagement in 2017:

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  • 51% of the U.S. workforce is not engaged (Gallup)
  • Disengaged employees cost organizations between $450 and $550 billion annually (The Engagement Institute)
  • Disengaged workers cause massive losses in productivity – between $450 and $500 billion a year (Mental Health America)
  • 16% of employees said they felt “connected and engaged” by employers (EmployeeChannel)
  • It can cost 33% of an employee’s salary to replace him/her (HR Dive)

​Building an engaged and high performing team doesn't just happen by hiring the "right" people.  Bringing in donuts once a week doesn't do it either.  Upper management has to have an ongoing plan for keeping a positive culture and living in the age of technology makes it more and more challenging to get employees to disconnect and interact in a meaningful way.  

Here are 4 ways you can increase your team's moral and interaction in 2018.  Whether you are a CEO, CTO, HR manager, Sales team leader or event planner these are all relevant.

 

OPTIONS - you're not as cool as you think

​Don't assume you know what your team likes to do - most likely you don't.  The "its a surprise" strategy only disengages staff.  People want options and a sense of ownership.  When planning activities for the team, let them decide.  Have someone on the team who loves to plan, let them help!  Don't go crazy - 2-3 options at most are perfectly fine.   Another plus to the "options strategy" is if it goes South, you aren't solely responsible!

 

INTERACTION - cocktail hours are great but...

​How many cocktail hours have you been to?  I bet you can't even count.  How many "mixologists" have been the highlight of an event you have been to?  Cocktail hours are great for mingling and getting employees to relax and talk outside of work a bit.  But they aren't memorable.  

An engaging and memorable event requires an interaction element.  Something that guests can talk about pre and post event that ties a memory and experience to spending time with co-workers or clients outside of the normal office routine.

FEEDBACK - like for real...

​Ask your employees what they did or didn't like about an attempted engagement activity.  Then really and truly listen to that feedback and adjust your strategy based on it.  Employees want to be heard and recognized.  So when you do make a change to your strategy call out who suggested it and why you thought it was positive feedback.  

ENCOURAGE CREATIVITY

Give employees the opportunity to think outside the box.  Encourage the sharing of non traditional solutions and means of communication.  People work best in some what of a flexible environment, so although completing tasks in an efficient way is important, it should never be so structured that is disengages employees and makes them feel their opinions or thoughts are not heard.  

So there you have it.  4 ways you can increase employee engagement and ultimately save your company time and money.  Remember, "Disengaged employees cost organizations between $450 and $550 billion annually (The Engagement Institute)."  Don't do the same thing you did in 2017, there is always room for improvement.

With the end of the year approaching, have you starting planning your employee engagement strategy for 2018?  YOU NEED A PLAN.  A first step would be planning an event to kick off the year right.  Check out our video on why Escape Room Races is the perfect way to get your employees or clients interacting in a totally new and memorable way.

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