As we begin a fresh New Year and the festive season is now a fuzzy distant memory, getting back into the swing of things can certainly be a challenge, not just for you, but also for your organisation. We want our teams to be fully engaged, striving to hit those goals and perform to their best ability. So how do you try and improve morale and increase productivity?
Recent survey results published by Cascade HR show the majority of HR leaders believe employee engagement will be one of the most challenging agenda items for 2019.
As a leader in employee engagement, we know an engaged workforce is far more productive than a dis-engaged one. We asked our team of BI WORLDWIDE experts for their top tips on keeping employee engagement levels high, not just for the beginning of the New Year, but throughout 2019!
Recognise the hard work of your employees
Recognition goes a long way to keeping employees engaged and motivated. When was the last time you recognised your colleague? Be it a simple email to say thanks for a job well done or through a dedicated employee recognition system visible to the entire company.
BI WORLDWIDE’s Head of Sales & Marketing, Troy Busch comments: “It can be all too easy to overlook a simple thankyou to a colleague, but these small acts of recognition go a long way. Appreciation is part of our daily lives, as social beings we enjoy interaction with each other and to be appreciated for a job well done aligns with our behaviours naturally.”
At BI WORLDWIDE, we very much practise what we preach. As we offer our clients the most advanced social recognition system in the world (DayMaker), we also use the recognition programme within our business and it’s a great success! Last year, 30,000+ recognitions were sent internally, which is a lot of people saying thank you!
Make Monday the best day of the week!
It’s always best to start the week off with a positive attitude, and this can be achieved with some simple perks in the office or workplace. Organising a team breakfast ‘huddle’ with healthy food and encouraging people to share their tasks and goals for the upcoming week or month could have a great impact on morale and general productivity.
BI WORLDWIDE’s HR Director, Laurence Rix comments: “This January at BI WORLDWIDE the big set piece will be a Healthy Eating Week. A combination of challenges, exchanges of recipes and food and drinks to sample. Alongside this we will also run a number of local department-based activities including lunchtime walks, promotion of walking meetings, encouragement of lunch breaks, good news boards, and ideas exchanges.”
Reward and empower!
How do you currently reward your employees? At BI WORLDWIDE, we believe non-monetary rewards are memorable and have a longer-term impact on engagement levels than hard cash. January always feels like a super long month for our employees and everyone feels the financial pinch! Offering a small memorable reward this month will go a long way to the person receiving it.
To go alongside our social recognition system DayMaker, we offer our clients an array of rewards through our Global Reward Marketplace. Employees can reward their colleagues with points which they can then spend in the catalogue. A little treat for themselves this month purchased using points will relieve the feeling of guilt!