It’s no secret that employee engagement initiatives work. They can help drive sales, boost morale and keep your team aligned to achieve incredible goals.
But employee engagement is radically different than it was in years past.
Today’s employees need proactive, continual and real-time feedback, not just a retrospective “good job” award. They want to be appreciated as whole people, not just employees. And by viewing engagement holistically—a 24/7, strategic approach, not just 9-to-5—companies will see an uptick in success.
Best-in-class organizations are beginning to realize this and are starting to implement multiple initiatives aimed at improving employee wellbeing.
And the facts don’t lie. According to “Trends in Employee Recognition,” a WorldatWork report from May 2015:
- 47% of companies are considering implementing new or additional recognition programs in the upcoming year.
- Wellness recognition programs are one of the fastest-growing forms of employee recognition, with 32% of organizations offering these programs.
- Programs that improve biometric indices through wellness initiatives have been in place with 68% of organizations for one to five years.
Wellbeing is fast becoming one of the most popular methods of improving employee engagement, according to the Workplace Wellness Programs Study. And, in years to come, expect even more growth.
When you focus your employee engagement initiatives around these five core strategies to help your team achieve holistic wellbeing, you’ll see happier, more productive employees.
Many employee engagement programs start with performance incentives. Unfortunately, many end here too.
Performance incentives are a time-tested method of honoring and celebrating high-performing employees. In fact, according to the WorldatWork report, over three-quarters of surveyed companies offer programs that honor employees that go above and beyond.
Focusing on how your employees excel at work, including productivity and sales goals, is a great place for every strong employee wellbeing program to start.
While performance incentives keep your team members working hard in the present, adding a career focus keeps your team engaged in the long run.
Training courses, leadership tracks and service anniversaries are just a few examples of how to promote the longevity of your employees’ careers.
When companies provide career advancement opportunities, they create a workforce that is more highly skilled and productive. And, when companies leverage career-building tools, team members become more engaged and productive in their work.
Everyone who works is balancing something. Whether it’s at work, at home or where we socialize or volunteer, there are a lot of components that need to be attended to.
Wellness isn’t just hitting the gym. It’s also about your team members’ emotional, spiritual and financial wellbeing. Providing resources for your team to find balance after they clock out allows them to put more discretionary effort into their work.
Your employees aren’t operating on their own. Your organization is a team effort: the reports can’t be released until accounting approves them, accounting can’t approve them until your CEO signs off, and so on. There’s constant communication between all tiers—employees, managers and executives.
So why does your program only work from the top down—managers rewarding employees?
How your employees and managers recognize and reward each other, and how departments interact and appreciate each other’s work, is integral to the success of your employees’ wellbeing. Give your employee engagement initiatives a social twist by offering peer-to-peer awards and on-the-spot nomination for all tiers of your company.
Better yet, share your major team member successes publically within your company. Everyone likes their name up in lights for a job well done from time to time.
Just like your employees can’t function without each other, your company can’t operate without the community that surrounds it. As an organization, giving back to your community is a great way to build a close rapport with the public as a whole and paint your company in a positive light.
Recognizing volunteers through your employee wellbeing initiatives is just the beginning. You might start by providing paid time off during the work day to encourage community volunteerism. Or you could start an “Eco Group” in your company to encourage conservation and recycling around the office. Asking local non-profits if your company can pitch in for the cause is yet another example.
When you recognize employees for their contribution to the world around them, you make your community and workforce a better place. And, as a bonus, you’re helping your employees find purpose by aligning with something purposefully impactful to them. How cool is that?