by Emily D. Tisdale
Everyone wants an incredible company culture, but many of us feel we’re too busy for the large-scale efforts we think this requires. We often find ourselves burning the candle at both ends, and the thought of adding one more thing to our to-do lists can be overwhelming.
However, engaged employees go the extra mile, creating an overall positive experience for our customers. When it comes to fostering employee engagement, the benefits to our organization are immeasurable and well worth the time.
Fortunately, you can make a big difference in your team’s engagement without an over-the-top campaign. Here are some ways to maximize your employee engagement efforts with small, yet thoughtful, touches…
Whether it is through text or e-mail, chatting virtually is incredibly convenient, but a quick word of praise in the hallway or by the water cooler can do wonders.
It literally takes seconds to shoot off a quick electronic message, and when you’re having a busy day, it’s often easier to limit face-to-face interactions with others. However, think of the impact that a quick, in-person thank you could have on your employees. By taking just a few minutes out of your day to give personal recognition, you’ll make an impression that a text or e-mail never could.
We all have superstars on our team who go above and beyond. Day in, day out, you count on them, so it’s crucial not to let these key employees burn out. However, sometimes a simple word of thanks just doesn’t cut it.
Let them know how much you appreciate their contributions to your organization with a handwritten thank-you note. Take some extra time with this; be specific about all the ways they’ve made your organization better. This is a thoughtful touch that won’t go unnoticed.
Whether your team is having a tough week or you’d simply like to show your gratitude for a job well done, a treat can go a long way. For a morning pick-me-up, swing by the local coffee shop, or for an afternoon treat, grab some seasonal snacks.
If time and budget allow, you might even order in a pizza one Friday per month to treat your team. The specific treat isn’t as important as the gesture itself, and it’s an easy way to show your appreciation.
Too often, we get caught in the trap of only celebrating what our employees do while they’re at work. But everyone has an identity outside of work complete with accomplishments that warrant celebration.
Celebrate your employees for their personal wins, too. Whether they’ve run a marathon, welcomed a new addition to their family, or earned a new degree or certification, you’re sure to have team members you can recognize for their accomplishments outside of work. Not only will your employees feel appreciated, they’ll also know that you’re personally vested in them as individuals.
Creating a great company culture and raising employee engagement doesn’t have to be a massive undertaking – focusing on small, daily interactions instead of big initiatives can make a positive difference.
It’s often the smallest gestures that can have the largest impact.
By taking the time to implement a few simple strategies, your organization will reap the benefits of a much more engaged team. Not only will you create an incredible company culture, you’ll also foster individual positivity just by showing your appreciation.