HR managers can agree that employee engagement and retention is at the top of their priority list. Every company wants to attract and keep the best talent. The problem? Many employees in today’s job market quickly feel uninspired by their work, get bored after 2 years and start job hunting for something new.
So we decided to speak with some of the best HR professionals and business leaders around the country to find the strategies they recommend to keep employees engaged. There are also some tips below that have been really successful at our company.
Note: We sharing the first four (of the 29) employee engagement ideas here on the NCHRA blog, so please click over to SnackNation.com to read them all---it will be well worth your while! Here are employee engagement ideas that you should apply at your office.
1. Offer healthier options at your workplace.
Jason Lauritsen, Director of Best Places to Work at Quantum Workplace, discusses how to increase employee engagement by making healthier foods available on-site:
“Three-fourths of employees want access to healthy cafeteria or vending options at their workplace, but less than half of employers actually offer it as a benefit. This creates a great opportunity. Not only will providing this benefit help organizations play a role in boosting productivity, increasing performance, and lowering healthcare costs, but we’ve also found that employees who work at organizations that provide healthy cafeteria or vending options are 10 percent more likely to be engaged.”
2. Align your company with a purpose.
SnackNation CEO Sean Kelly recently gave a presentation at the HR Star Conference, a large gathering of human resources professionals. The presentation, titled “Millennials in The Workplace”, discussed how organizations canincrease engagement with their millennial employees. One of the key points Sean discussed was how important it is to align your company with an overall purpose. Don’t focus on what you do, but why you do it. As millennials quickly begin to dominate the workforce, this message becomes more and more important. Here’s what Sean had to say about aligning your company with a purpose (skip to the 19:35 mark):
3. Get your health and wellness program in order.
Kevin Sheridan, New York Times best-selling Author of Building a Magnetic Culture, has helped some of the world’s largest corporations improve their culture and foster productive engagement. When we asked him what companies should be doing better to improve workplace engagement, he offered us this wisdom:
“The bottom line is that anyone who knows about employee engagement is also a firm believer in instituting health and wellness programs. There have been multiple scientific studies proving that health and wellness efforts not only yield higher productivity and engagement in the workplace but will also help reduce turnover as job stress is the #1 reason people quit (along with a lack of work-life balance which is related to wellness as well).”
4. Give your people “inside” information.
Want to know a great way to get your team more involved and committed? Keep them up to date with “inside” information. These are things like the direction of the company and the challenges that the Leadership Team is facing.
Tim Sackett, HR Pro and President at HRU Technical Resources, explains this important part of your employee engagement strategy:
“The one true fact in all workplaces is your people want to be in the know, they want to be in the circle of trust. HR and leadership, in general, do a crappy job at this, and it has a huge impact to engagement. Find ways to make this happen and let your people know that it’s “inside” information. Trusting your employees can handle it raises engagement.”