Anyone who works in people ops understands that if you want to build a strong and productive team, you must first ensure that your people are happy and engaged. Working remotely isn’t always easy, but with a few creative employee engagement ideas in your back pocket, it’s well worth the effort.
According to a recent survey, 71% of managers believe that employee engagement is one of the most important factors in a company’s success. However, according to those same managers, only 24% of employees are truly engaged.
By investing in employee engagement, you can help your team find more meaning in their work, become more personally invested in their roles, and ultimately stay at your company for a longer period of time.
We’ve compiled a list of our favorite employee engagement ideas that get teams connecting, smiling, and thriving to help you build a happy, committed workforce — wherever you are in the world.
Improve team connections
The first step toward fostering engaged employees is to build a strong, connected team. Even if remote workers do not share a physical office space, it is critical that they feel understood, supported, and empowered by one another in order to tap into the synergy of community.
Employees in larger organizations may rarely interact with coworkers outside of their small team or department. Interactions between departments, on the other hand, can result in new and creative ideas, exciting collaborations, and a larger support system for physically isolated employees.
Integrate a random-generator bot like Donut into your Slack to encourage interactions between people whose paths might not otherwise cross. The app introduces “Slack strangers” to one another through icebreaker questions, virtual coffees, and even opportunities to meet with the CEO.
2.Special interest organizations
Parents, rock climbers, and gamers Your team will have common interests, so provide opportunities for them to connect with one another, share their passions or pain points, and even introduce others to the world they live in outside of work.
Begin by suggesting a few clubs and encourage people to add their own suggestions from there.