2022 is almost here, and with a new year comes a fresh start for boosting employee engagement, team morale, and making this your company’s best year yet. But it’s going to take some work! It doesn’t have to be back-breaking work, however.
Especially if you use these strategies for improving employee engagement in 2022 and beyond.
Employee Engagement: 3 Things to Do Differently With Your Team this Year
Assign a Director of Happiness
How many organizations can say they have a Director of Happiness (or a similar term) whose role it is to ensure employees are taken care of? This is a powerful way to boost employee engagement with your team and throughout your organization.
If you have the resources to hire someone for this position specifically, this investment will pay off. You might also have employees who are willing to volunteer or switch off in this role for the good of the entire company (be sure to reward them for doing so!)
Here’s how iHeartRaves founder and CEO Brian Lim explains this idea:
“Employee engagement is more important than ever due to COVID-19, and keeping high engagement means greater employee retention. We focus on employee engagement in a number of ways, and we are always trying to improve our employee’s work environment. One of the best things we’ve done is to create a new position called the Director of Happiness. The main goal of this position is to increase engagement from employees and to enhance our company’s culture. As a result of COVID-19, we’ve morphed this role into the Culture Committee so that more team members could participate. The team is doing a great job of keeping company morale high during this tough period. We’re doing Zoom happy hours, birthday celebrations and WFH slack channels!”
Tend to Remote and In-Person Employees
It’s incredibly important to treat your remote and in-person employees the same way, as much as possible. Otherwise, it won’t take long for your remote employees to feel out of the loop or valued less than their in-person counterparts.
Jon Hill, Chairman & CEO of The Energists shares these strategies for team engagement with hybrid teams specifically:
1. Act like everyone’s a remote worker in communication policies for hybrid teams.
True collaboration means giving every team member equal access to information and equal input to conversations. This can’t happen if the in-person part of the team interacts more than they do with their remote counterparts. Make sure remote workers are “Zoomed in” for all collaboration sessions, and encourage the use of email or other text-based formats for sharing key information, rather than face-to-face chats or physical memos posted in the office.
2. Use one-on-ones to give feedback to all-remote or mostly-remote workers.
There are more opportunities for in-office workers to receive “casual feedback” from managers throughout their week—e.g. the boss stops by their desk to check up on their work or offer a suggestion. This is more difficult to do with remote workers. Having managers schedule one-on-ones with remote workers on at least a monthly basis helps make sure remote workers aren’t being forgotten or left behind.
3. Utilize digital HR portals and feedback apps.
Employees who spend less time in the office don’t have as much access to the physical HR department. Self-serve portals for things like PTO requests, benefit use, or reporting workplace issues can equalize employee access, and can also help make your HR department more efficient.
Ask for Their Feedback About Employee Engagement
If you’re sitting around waiting for your team to come tell you what would make employee engagement numbers soar, you might be waiting for a long time. Instead, proactively ask them what would make their position more enjoyable, what would motivate and encourage them, and about anything else that’s useful to you as an employer.
By coming to your employees with these questions rather than waiting for them to come to you with complaints, you’re getting a head start on creating the healthiest work environment conducive to high employee engagement rates.
As for the best way to do this? With the help of live polls! You can create a quick poll with Swift Polling’s audience polling software and share it with your team via email. Alternatively, you can embed that poll on your company website, or have employees take part in a meeting dedicated to boosting employee engagement.
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