Not just at Baudville, but in the circles that are concerned with workplace issues, there has been a lot of talk about the state of employee engagement. From what we've been reading, we have to report that it ain't good, friends. But, let's not despair—now that we know it, it's time to do something about it.
What does it mean to be engaged? An engaged employee is one who feels both emotionally and mentally satisfied with and connected to their work and the company they work for. From an emotional standpoint, this means feeling supported by their managers, having positive relationships with their coworkers, and being acknowledged and/or appreciated for the work they do. From a mental standpoint, it means receiving adequate feedback and information to perform at their best, having opportunities to learn and grow, and doing work that is meaningful and challenging.
That's quite a mouthful isn't it? It is, but just because it is, doesn't mean it's going to be hard to swallow. To improve engagement at your workplace, you just need to take it one nibble at a time. Let's start with something easy that we think you'll enjoy at the same time: celebrating Employee Appreciation Day. It occurs yearly on the first Friday of March, and, being that this is our February Newsletter, that means it's right around the corner!
How is celebrating one day out of the year going to improve engagement? On its own, it probably won't, but it certainly is a great place to start. After all, if you take a day to celebrate and appreciate your team, what's going to happen?
Imagine this: your employees arrive to work in the morning greeted by handwritten notes from their managers. Each individual's note includes specific details about the value they bring to the team. And a heartfelt thanks, of course. As a result, a collective smile spreads across the building. At lunch, employees are treated to a catered meal that they share with their coworkers and managers. They relax, they socialize, and they fill up on positive mojo. Ahhh, everyone is feeling good. Late afternoon, one and all gather for a fun activity with prizes awarded to the winners. There's a little teamwork and a little healthy competition and a lot of camaraderie. By the close of the day, employees feel positivity toward the company for hosting such a great event, they feel acknowledged by their managers, and they feel closer to the people they work with every day. That's emotional satisfaction, and once you have that in place, it's a lot easier to start working on the rest.
Watch for our next issue of RecogNation, which delves deeply into the main elements of employee engagement. And, in the mean time, get started planning your Employee Appreciation Day celebration.
• Be Sincere. Yes, Employee Appreciation Day should be fun, but don't lose sight of the purpose: to show genuine appreciation for your team. Make your thank you notes thoughtful, specific, and heartfelt, and your employees will get the message loud and clear.
• Get Together. One of the best parts of Employee Appreciation Day at Baudville isn't just a great lunch, but that face-time we get with our teammates and managers during that hour. It's truly a time of socializing and letting our hair down that everyone values greatly.
• Encourage Teamwork. Our activities are always team-oriented, which helps us build relationships among different departments and individual employees. Teamwork doesn't have that much to do with appreciation, but it does have a lot to do with engagement!