Employee engagement can be a tough code to crack. With employees differing in age, tenure, and experience, it can be hard to know what programs and perks your office needs. Luckily, there’s no shortage of employee engagement strategies and no one knows your company as well as you. Here are five ideas to kickstart your employee engagement program and motivate your team:
With so many resources available online, it’s easier than ever for HR professionals to learn and find inspiration. From podcasts to TEDTalks, there’s an overwhelming amount of content out there—but it can be hard to know what’s actually worth your time. We’ve put together a list of five employee engagement TEDTalks to help you inspire your employees.
“Diversity is defined by who sits at the table, while inclusion is which voices get heard,” says Jamie Velazquez, Ph.D and Director of Staff Development at Crittenton Services for Children and Families. Diversity has become a top priority at the individual, corporate, and national scale, and Namely’s recent Diversity Report reveals several trends around implicit bias in the workplace.
The field of human resources is changing. In our HR Redefined series, we give innovators a medium to share personal reflections, professional advice, and best practice guidance.
With a reputation as “the fun police” or “the principal’s office,” it’s hard to imagine HR as the place employees can go for an easy “yes.” However, in their new management book, Happy Accidents: The Transformative Power of “Yes, And” at Work and in Life, improv comedy troupe Four Day Weekend shares how their improv strategies are an effective business model.
If someone’s only interaction with your company brand was the employee handbook, what would their impression be? How would they perceive your company culture and values? On an employee’s first day, new hires experience a similar thought process as they go through onboarding. The employee handbook is HR’s opportunity to excite and engage new hires with all of the details around what makes your company a great place to work.
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Despite the hurdles that come with working in the nonprofit sector, the industry has never failed to attract an energetic and passionate workforce. While resources may be spread thin compared to larger corporations, nonprofit employees are known to put heart and soul into their work.
Individual feedback from employees is invaluable, but it can be hard to collect that type of feedback at scale. As your company grows, surveys allow you to gather structured data, both quantitative and qualitative, across the entire employee journey. Culture Amp’s Global Head of People & Experience, Julie Rogers, explains, “As an HR leader, people tell me their challenges, and I get personal insights. However, the aggregated data through a survey tells me a story reflecting the overall view of where the challenges are. That's important because otherwise you're just hearing one voice.”
Don’t sleep on this workplace trend: the company “nap room” has emerged as an increasingly popular perk. A surprisingly diverse list of companies lets employees sleep on the job, including Google, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Zappos, the Huffington Post and even ice cream giant Ben & Jerry’s.
While learning and development initiatives are certainly a hot buzzword for HR professionals, it can often be hard to create and execute on an effective and continuous strategy—whether due to lack of employee interest or executive buy-in. The result? Companies are spending thousands of dollars per employee on training programs that are underutilized.