IMPACT Cribs, which is our twist on MTV Cribs, where team members give team members a tour of their house. While we might not have multiple luxury cars sitting in our driveways, it’s another way for your employees to invite each other into their homes.
Video coffee chats: We’ve done these for a while, but we’ve increased the frequency to ensure team members are staying connected. If you want to learn more, check out the tool Donut.
Virtual happy hours! While we might not all be working from the same office/location, that doesn’t mean you can’t grab a drink after work. Simply share a Zoom link, grab a drink, play some soft music, and get to know your coworkers.
Employee Spotlights: These are video segments where we have team members show us or talk about something they’re passionate about. We’ve had team members show us how to make Jamaican fried dumplings, kombucha, and even sauerkraut.
Exercise classes: While being home, staying active has never been more important. We had a team member volunteer to lead a virtual yoga class every week.
With more people working from home, there’s been a bigger focus on tools for helping people stay connected. Consider checking out Jackbox games, The Go Game or there are even virtual escape rooms for those who love a challenge.
2. Have strong, vocal leadership
Having a strong leader or leadership team is extremely important in keeping employees engaged, especially now.
With so much uncertainty, having someone guiding the ship and having your best interests in mind speaks volumes not only about the leader but the company in general.
Strong leaders step-up, provide answers, and be transparent about what’s going on.
This helps employees feel more involved and committed.
Good leaders have the ability to calm and unify their team.
With all of this in mind, we have implemented additional ways for our leadership and management to communicate with employees while social distancing such as “town hall meetings” and a daily newsletter.
This helps everyone feel in the loop not only with COVID-19 and how it could affect them personally but how it’s impacting our business and what we’re doing to weather the storm.
While it might not always be the easiest conversations, being honest and transparent can go a long way. Oftentimes, that honesty and display of awareness on how the situation is impacting your employees can have a positive effect on their engagement and productivity.
3. Show your employee’s their career path and how they can grow
There’s nothing worse than an employee feeling like they’ve gone as far as they can at your company, and that there’s no more room for growth or improvement.
Sadly it can be the cause for many employees disengaging or not staying at a company.
Be sure to invest in the necessary resources and tools to help your employees grow and improve their skills.
Consider having regular one-on-one meetings between employees and managers to check-in and discuss long-term visions. Not only can you use this time to get a pulse on how they are feeling but to review their career paths and areas for improvement.
It’s important to note that there are always areas of growth for everyone in the company, whether you’re the CEO, a manager, or an employee.
If you don’t already, think about developing company and role-based criteria that can be used to measure performance but also highlight areas of growth.
Be sure to check out WebFX’s full infographic on the eight ways you can improve employee engagement rates at your company below.
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