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The Importance of Employee Engagement and How To Boost It

Updated: Dec 4, 2023

The key to unlocking success within a company lies within a vibrant and motivated workforce! Think of employee engagement as a potent elixir that powers productivity, ignites creativity, and nurtures collaboration within an organization. It transcends the notion of mere work attendance, igniting a blazing passion, forging genuine connections, and cultivating a flourishing work environment. But hold on tight, because this blog isn't just about passive reading – it's about active participation! Together, we'll explore the significance of employee engagement while embarking on an interactive journey filled with exhilarating tips, backed by compelling statistical research. Get ready to elevate engagement levels, empower your employees, and create a workplace that's simply irresistible – a place they can't wait to step into every single morning!

An employee walks in with their head down and upset. The manager pulls the employee in for a chat and asks how they're doing. A simple gesture can make your employees feel heard and prioritized.
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1. Encourage Fun and Games

Who said work has to be all serious? Injecting fun and gamification into the workplace can significantly enhance employee engagement. Research by the University of Warwick found that happy employees are 12% more productive, demonstrating the importance of creating a joyful work environment. Consider implementing friendly competitions, team-building games, or themed activities that promote camaraderie and laughter. During our weekly team meetings, we typically like to start with an icebreaker game. Our team’s favorite game is sharing one photo from our camera roll and explaining the significance of it to everyone. Remember, a little fun goes a long way!


2. Embrace Continuous Learning:

The pursuit of knowledge and growth is an essential element of employee engagement. A survey by LinkedIn revealed that 94% of employees would stay longer at a company that invested in their career development. Encourage a culture of continuous learning by offering training programs, mentorship opportunities, and access to online courses. Show your employees that their personal and professional growth matters, and watch their engagement levels soar. HRLab team members recently took a course accredited by the University of Irvine on Time Management. This topic was a hit with our team and helped increase their productivity through the knowledge gained from the course. Books are another great way to foster continuous learning. Happy learning!


3. Celebrate Achievements with Rewards:

Recognizing and rewarding employees' achievements is a powerful way to boost engagement. According to Gallup, employees who feel appreciated are six times more likely to be engaged in their jobs. Create a recognition program that acknowledges outstanding performance, innovative ideas, or going the extra mile. Whether it's a simple shout-out, a personalized note, or a small reward, celebrating achievements fosters a culture of appreciation and motivates employees to excel. A simple thank you can go a long way and can make employees feel appreciated within the organization. At HRLab, we show our appreciation for our employees by treating them to monthly lunches. Who doesn’t love free food? We have noticed that during these lunches team members get to know each other and further grow their relationships.


4. Foster Open Communication:

Communication is the secret sauce that keeps employee engagement bubbling. A survey by TINYpulse found that 71% of employees who feel their suggestions are heard are more engaged at work. Encourage open and transparent communication channels, such as suggestion boxes, regular team meetings, or even a dedicated chat platform. Actively listen to your employees' ideas, concerns, and feedback, and involve them in decision-making processes whenever possible. When employees feel heard, they feel valued. It is also important to make sure that you notice possible signs of disconnect from employees. Regularly letting team members know that their wellbeing is important to you and that you are there for support will go a long way. Monthly check-ins with our employees have been a great way to hear them out.


5. Cultivate a Positive Work-Life Balance:

Balancing work and personal life is crucial for maintaining high levels of employee engagement. Research by the American Psychological Association indicates that employees who have a good work-life balance are more satisfied and engaged. Encourage flexible work arrangements, promote wellness initiatives, and provide resources for stress management. Emphasize the importance of unplugging and recharging, and create a supportive environment where employees can thrive both professionally and personally. At HRLab, we understand that our employees have lives outside of work. Therefore, we are committed to working with them to support their needs and create a flexible work schedule that works for them. We have employees working from all around the world, including New York, London, and LA!


Conclusion:

Congratulations! You've now unlocked the secrets to supercharging employee engagement. By embracing fun, fostering continuous learning, celebrating achievements, nurturing open communication, and promoting work-life balance, you can create a workplace where employees thrive, innovation blossoms, and success abounds. Remember, engagement is not a one-time event but an ongoing journey. Stay committed, adapt to your employees' needs, and watch the magic unfold as your workforce becomes a force to be reckoned with.


Works Cited:

(1) University of Warwick. "Happiness and Productivity." University of Warwick, 2015. [Link](https://warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/new_study_shows/)

(2) LinkedIn. "The 2018 Workplace Learning Report." LinkedIn Learning, 2018. [Link](https://learning.linkedin.com/content/dam/me/learning/en-us/pdfs/lil-workplace-learning-report-2018.pdf)

(3) Gallup. "State of the American Workplace Report." Gallup, 2017. [Link](https://www.gallup.com/workplace/238079/state-american-workplace-report-2017.aspx)

(4) TINYpulse. "The 7 Key Trends Impacting Today’s Workplace." TINYpulse, 2017. [Link](https://www.tinypulse.com/hubfs/TINYpulse%20Engagement%20Survey%202017.pdf)

(5) American Psychological Association. "Work-Life Balance." APA, 2021. [Link](https://www.apa.org/topics/work-life-balance)

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