Company culture is a growing reason why employees stay at organizations, which is why it’s more important than ever to create the right environment and attract great people.
Here are some practical tips from Glassdoor for ways to help employees create an engaged culture at your workplace.
What makes an engaged workplace?
Having great benefits isn’t necessarily the same as having a great culture. Culture is actually made up of two things: the work-sanctioned activities people do after work, and the people themselves. Activities encouraged by the company like intramural sports, happy hour/weekly trivia, collaborative group projects, and the people that you hire create your company culture much more than any benefits you offer.
Define the qualities of the individuals your company wants, and then look for applicants that show those characteristics.
Bottom line? Hiring the right people is key to having an engaged culture.
Have employees take the lead
Support employees identifying programs they would like to see and then let them carry out their plans. This lets employees actively participate in making and running programs that they actually want to participate in.
“Employee engagement is organic. It’s born out of appreciation for each employee’s contributions,” says SwanLeap chief operating officer Demetria Menard.
Use surveys to set goals and keep track of program success.
Here are some examples of survey questions you could ask to measure engagement before and after programs.
Compare the survey answers with other HR data like performance and retention to help track engagement.
Acknowledging successful engagement programs will help encourage others to start their own programs. It’s a low-cost way to encourage imagination and innovation, as well as engagement.
Think outside the box
Successful programs will be based on what employees want to do. You might not really “get” an idea or think it won’t appeal to many people, but remember: even a few people getting together for an activity will help your whole organization profit by fostering happier, more engaged employees.
“Engagement starts with recognizing that your ideas are valuable,” says Menard. “All employees should feel valued for their contributions and encouraged to contribute to the direction of the organization as a whole.”