Employee Engagement Activities
It doesn’t matter if your company has 50 employees or 500, coming up with employee engagement activities that work and keep everyone connected and inspired is a challenge. It’s easy to stick with the same employee engagement initiatives even if they don’t provide the results you’re looking for. And that is exactly the opposite of doing better work.
Over the last few weeks, we read so many employee engagement articles that our heads started spinning. We came across a lot of repetitive “50 Activities Employee Engagement” that focused on quick, fun office games, work social event ideas, and fun office activities to boost morale. Sure, these suggestions may help companies make small engagement improvements, but we think there are other employee engagement activities you should consider if you really want to figure out how to improve employee engagement. Read on for some of our favorite engagement activities and examples.
1. Break down Silos
If you’ve never seen a silo, picture a tall, windowless structure. It’s hard to access the items stored within but is an essential piece of equipment for farmers. Companies also experience a silo mentality that makes it harder to share information across teams and even employees. As written by Patrick Lencioni in his book, Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars; “Silos and turf wars they enable — devastate organizations. They waste resources, kill productivity, and jeopardize the achievement of goals.”
Employees are more likely to feel engaged in a company that encourages teamwork and unity, and this starts with the leadership team. A unified leadership team encourages trust and empowers teams to break away from working with their specific team only. Once the leadership team agrees on a vision, it’s important to share this vision with the rest of the organization. Here at Lessonly, we do this with weekly all-team meetings. Every Monday the entire team gets together to hear updates from each department. This allows every employee to see the big picture of the organization, which is key to engagement.
Companies can also break down silos with the help of an employee engagement committee which includes non-executive members of every single team. The group focuses on different ways to increase cross-departmental communication through different employee engagement strategies and fun activities for employees at work for any team member to attend.
2. Serve the Community
More and more companies also prioritize a commitment to their local community through volunteerism. And it pays off. Studies show that increased employee engagement is one of the top three benefits of volunteering. There are plenty of added benefits as volunteering along teammates can also create a more cohesive team. In fact, 64% of employees said that volunteering with colleagues improved relationships. While that’s great news for your company’s engagement efforts, it’s also helping your community. Talk about a win-win situation!
It’s also easy to establish an employee volunteer program. Some companies give their employees a number of hours off each month or quarter for volunteering. Similar to PTO, VTO has to be approved by an employee’s manager and should be used responsibly. Other companies partner with specific organizations every year. Lessonly’s Brighter Indy Fund gives our team members the chance to support four local organizations through various volunteer opportunities. It’s a great way to lend a hand and support growth and development in the city we call home.
3. Focus on Health and Wellness
Health and wellness both impact employee engagement. When an employee feels happy with their job, it positively impacts their mental and physical health. When an employee is healthy, they’ll feel happier at work. Gallup found that 62% of engaged employees feel their work affects their physical health. However, this number drops to 39% for disengaged employees. The results are even more dramatic when it comes to psychological health with 78% of workers saying they feel their work lives benefit them psychologically. It’s undeniable that when employees do better work, they live better lives.
So, how can your employee engagement activities promote health and wellness? While some companies create an in-depth corporate wellness program, there are simpler activities that companies can use to improve health and wellness. For example, every Monday some of our teammates take an hour break to go to a yoga class that’s instructed by a fellow llama. The yoga conveniently class takes place in our office and is free for everyone to attend. Companies can also make the switch to offer healthier snack options and filtered water. Or, consider holding a company-wide field day. Small fun activities for employees that encourage activity and togetherness foster relationships and teamwork.
4. Empower Employees with Goal Setting
It’s likely your company also sets goals and objectives for the year. As a best practice, make sure that every employee understands these goals and how their individual role advances the company’s mission. This will boost their buy-in and encourage them to go the extra mile in their role instead of another number.
The best companies take this a step further and encourage employees to then create their own personal goals so they align with company goals. Instead of goal-setting from a top-down approach, managers should collaborate with their employees to set personal goals and explain how they align with the company’s overall priorities and initiatives. Research shows that that collaborative goal-setting drives employee engagement. 72% of employees whose managers help them set goals are fully engaged, and that rate increases by 2.5% when their manager holds them accountable for their performance goals.
5. Encourage Learning and Development
It’s no secret that training and development are a favorite among our employees. After all, we create powerfully simple training software. But, we’re not alone. Did you know that 87% of millennials said that development in a job is the most important to them? Or, that 40% of employees who receive poor training and limited room for development leave their job within 5 years?
Unfortunately, many companies quit training after onboarding. But, investing in ongoing training is extremely beneficial. Not only is it essential for knowledge transfer but it’s also a great way to improve employee skills which makes them more proficient and productive in their roles. One easy way to encourage and provide ongoing training is through online training. Online training makes learning accessible for every employee and is accessible when and where they want. If you want to see how Lessonly can be part of your employee engagement activities, learn more here or get a demo today!