“This is about how we create the conditions in which employees offer more of their capability and potential”- David Macleod
It is essential that employees remain focused in their tasks, enjoy the work so they are motivated, committed to their organisation’s goals and values, devoted towards organizational productivity. For employees to be engaged in their roles the appropriate environmental conditions are required.
There are several activities that would assist employees to be enthusiastic towards their work, which contributes to the individual betterment as they create an energetic and congenial environment; helps the growth of the team functioning; as well adds to overall productivity of organization.
Listed below are few fun activities that help employees to be more committed, enjoy their tasks, come up with creative ideas, and remain in line with the goals of the organization.
Employee Engagement Activities
- Assigning Company Values
The individual who best represented a certain value of the company for a month’s period will be awarded and acknowledged publicly. This would be done by peer voting method. It assists in encouraging employees to keep in par with the goals and values of the organization.
- Creating own values for team
When one is asked to create own rules it becomes more exciting. Teams could be involved in coming up with two or three common set rules or practices that aid in bringing teams closer together.
- Encourage Personal Projects
When allotted sometime to work on their own projects and ideas employees are much motivated. Creating an opportunity for people from varied department to interact and blend together paves way for new initiatives and ideas. Work could get a new colour, and energy flow that would only benefit the rest of the working hours.
- Comforting new employee
Entering into a new atmosphere could be terrifying or at least hard to cope. It would be difficult to approach the higher officials for queries and assistance always, so allotting a mentor to guide and comfort the new employee will be beneficial. This aids the employee to get accustomed easily and set their goals in line with the overall goal of the company. Many organizations do this in the form of a buddy system.
- Breaking Monotony
Having themed days or celebrations will help in boosting the employee morale and also assist in braking monotony in workstyle. Also, having team building activities gives a feel-good effect and improves group cohesion, which results in improved productivity.
- Performance based Appraisal Systems
Acknowledging the efforts of the employee by rewarding or raising their salary is one classical way of engaging them in work. This aids them to maintain or improve their standards, increase their efforts to manage the impression made by them, or to match the expectations.
It is a key to keep the employee remain focused or even take extra efforts. If the employee had worked hard, or came up with innovative ideas that helped the company, identifying and acknowledging their act would make them work extra as it gives a feel good effect.
As humans, we look for comments or inputs from others for our betterment. A proper feedback helps to know our strengths and weakness, improves our performance in future. Giving and receiving feedback is an art. One should give feedback with a proper intention, based on evidence, clarity in their content, and should help for individual betterment. One should also be open to criticisms and work at improving them. This helps in self-growth. However, constructive feedback here is the key since many times this can be misused to vent out personal grudges.
Respecting and treating everyone equally creates a positive environment. It makes the employees to feel good and creates impression that they are also valued and their efforts are essential. This idea would boost the employees to double their efforts and stay focused. Creating a culture of mutual respect is imperative and many times not as easy as it looks. Like any other cultural change, this needs to flow from the top.
- Spacing time for bonding
Encouraging employee’s to bond with others, get a social life gives a break from constant working and this makes them refreshed which results in lasting focus towards work.