Keeping Employees Engaged During The Holidays
The Holidays are Coming – Time to get Engaged!
Most employers are looking to finish the calendar year with increased sales, profits, and productivity and can’t afford a slowdown in November and December. But, practically, this is when the holiday season begins. The holidays create many distractions that can impact employee productivity and engagement. Managing time and fun can be challenging, so we listed techniques that will allow for fun while keeping employees engaged at the same time. The following methods will help you keep employees engaged and productive through the holidays and beyond.
Ways to Keep Employees Engaged
The book, Engagement by Allegiance states: “Engagement is the emotional bond that employees have with your business.” Employees engaged work with passion, are results-oriented, are confident, take pride in their organization, and are committed to doing whatever it takes to help their company be successful. Engagement measures an employee’s commitment, job satisfaction, feelings of purpose, job commitment, and discretionary effort.
In his article “The Drivers of Employee Engagement,” Robinson D. Perryman found the following behaviors in engaged employees: 1) belief in the organization, 2) desire to work to make things better, 3) understanding of business context and the “bigger picture,” 4) respectful of and helpful to colleagues, 5) willingness to “go the extra mile” and 6) a belief in the organization’s products and services.
On the other hand, disengaged employees not only reduce productivity and are unhappy at work, but they also actively undermine the work of engaged employees. Which do you want to work for you?
Organizations must work to keep employees engaged. David Zinger states, “Employee engagement is created through caring connections with others in the workplace and connections to our work.”
Create a Team Board – Have the team list ideas to increase team productivity for next year.
Develop a new Holiday Policy: Involve the entire team to create a new office policy for absenteeism schedule conflicts. Have the team negotiate within their group as to scheduling conflicts.
Games: Play a memory game by asking questions about your current company policies.
Encourage Charity: Encourage your employees to donate their time or participate in food drives; get creative.
As organizations, we need to counterbalance distraction during the holiday season by providing employees with the opportunity to engage.
According to SHRM, definitions of employee engagement range from brief and concise to descriptive and detailed. Many of these definitions emphasize some aspect of an employee’s commitment to the organization or the positive behaviors an engaged employee exhibits. Examples of employee engagement definitions include:
Quantum Workplace: Employee engagement is the strength of employees’ mental and emotional connection toward their places of work. If you want your best employees to stay, you need to help them build connections to their work, their teams, and the organization. Quantum Workplace gives you the tools and strategies you need to keep top talent engaged and on the path to success.
Willis Towers Watson – Engagement is employees’ willingness and ability to contribute to company success. Gallup – “Gallup has found that a staggering 87% of employees worldwide are not engaged, but companies with highly engaged workforces outperform their peers by 147% in earnings per share.” So, the benefits of engaging employees while also looking at the bigger picture with an employee experience strategy have obvious benefits for the business as a whole.
Aon Hewitt – Employee engagement is “the level of an employee’s psychological investment in their organization.”
Going beyond fair and competitive pay and rewards, our firm offers colleagues a benefits program that supports balance and wellbeing. Colleagues are recognized and appreciated for their unique points of view and contributions and have numerous career development opportunities.