Grace Smith
November 3, 2023

Are you fed up🥴 with low employee morale and high turnover rates📉 at work? And have you lately heard a buzzword in human resources and organizations?

Yes, that's employee engagement! 

Employee engagement is essential for keeping your employee motivated and committed to attaining your company's goals.

But where do you begin? 🤔

We have tried-and-true strategies for developing an effective employee engagement strategy that will engage your employee and lead to stronger organizational connectedness. Prepare to transfigure your company.

1. The Museum of Flops

Creating a gallery of fun flops is a witty way to produce a growth mindset and educate employees to laugh about mistakes. Set up this activity by creating a bulletin board or display in a department of your office, or by starting an online gallery on a website like Slack, social media, Imgur, iCloud, etc. 

Embarrassing incidents like leaving the spatula in the oven, texting the incorrect number or spilling coffee can be discussed among coworkers through the sharing of images and anecdotes.

Also, employees can share stories of workplace mistakes, get consolation from their peers, or stop their coworkers from committing the same error.

Employers and managers can also contribute to the argument that leadership is flawed and has a human side.

The Museum of Flops fosters teamwork and a culture of growth while fostering a sense of humor. 

2. Award nights with awkward memes 

This would be an excellent employee engagement approach for keeping employers linked to the company. Some of the stylish employee awards not only keeps them interested in their work but also makes them feel good about themselves.

Now, without further ado, let's have some fun with this list of funny employee awards. 👉

3. Performance-grounded awards 

1. Road-runner Award for the employee who's always going about collecting data and information. 

2. The All-Rounder Award is given to the employee who appears to be excellent at contriving plans, carrying out scores, and presenting assignments on time. 

3. Budget Cruncher Award is for the employee who always provides correct numbers. 

4. Storm Calmer Award for the employee who facilitates the completion of all opinions. 

Sports And Fitness Awards 

Take the stairs Award for the employee who would make every lift a drill session. 

The Entertainment Industry 

1. One-Liner Champ Award for the employee who can break the ice with just one line. 

2. Class Clown Award for the employee who can not help but be funny all of the time. 

3. Everyone's Bestie Award for the employee who is everybody's confidante and everyone's comfort zone. 

4. The Practical Joker Award for the employee who's always throwing improvisational derisions and doing prints to make everyone laugh. 

'Time Is Relative' Awards

1. The Early Raspberry Award for the employee who always makes an early appearance. 

2. Night Owl Award for the employee who likes to put in further hours than the bones that they're needed to. 

3. Weekender Award for the employee who looks forward to Friday more than any other day of the week. 

4. I- Smell- Food Award For the employee who's always staying for the lunch break hour. 

5. Drowsy Mondays Award For the employee who returns from the weekend with resentment for Monday. 

6. Monday's- got- nothing- on- me Award for the employee who noway gets Monday blues. 

‘The Incredibles’ Awards 

1. The Observer Award for the employee who observes and also remembers every little detail. 

2. Pursuits- are- heartstrings Award for the employee who takes up one too numerous pursuits as their passion system. 

3. I'll- Try- Everything Award for the employee who's daring enough to try everything at least formerly. 

Take The Lead Awards

1. Ever the Optimist Award For the employee who's always sure that effects will work out in the end( and they nearly always do!) 

2. Yes- Joe Award For the employee who doesn't let any occasion slip from their hands.

 3. The Initiator Award For the employee who always takes action and leads the platoon to success 

We hope you make the most out of all these fun awards. We will keep adding to the list so you can cover every aspect of fun with an apt title! 

Do it before the clock hits

Clock hits are analogous to bucket lists, it's a collection of ‘to do before you die,’ and the entries on this collection are stuff to complete before the clock hits. You can specify whether timepiece - lists must be completed in a single day or over a week or month.

Then are some examples of what you could include 

1. Admit a high five from the CEO. 

2. Make a new coworker. 

3. Help another department.

4. Lunch should participate with a colleague. 

5. Share in voluntary training. 

6. Exercising at my office.

7. Bring a commodity for a teammate. 

8. Compliment a colleague.

9. Discover a new fact about the company. 

4. Employee recognition program

Recognition is not a "nice-to-have"; rather, it is required for business success.

Every team member desires and deserves on-the-spot praise. Employees want to be recognized for their achievements, no matter how small.

This goes beyond merely making your employees happy. When employees are recognized for their efforts, morale rises, which boosts your company's financial line.

When recognition was increased from twice a month to twice a week, customer satisfaction increased by 5%. Furthermore, firms with highly engaged workforces outperform their peers in terms of earnings per share by 147 percent.

Of course, practising recognition takes more than just purchasing a platform and crossing your fingers. Employer recognition programs need to be carefully tailored by businesses to fit their particular circumstances.

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Screenshot of ThriveSparrow's employee recognition with Kudos cards

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5. Employee/departmental exchange day 

High school students commonly participate in international exchange programs that switch students across countries to create a better understanding of cultures.

Similarly, by participating in a departmental exchange program, your employees can build cross-functional skills as well as a deeper awareness of the organization as a whole.

Ask each department to opt out of the exchange if they do not want to participate while it is being planned. Once enough teams are willing to give it a shot, notify the organization and begin accepting participants. When an employee expresses an interest, schedule a day or a block of time for them to visit the new department and learn the ropes.

This idea is an excellent way to foster friendships between organizations and foster respect across departments.

6. Pay for passion 

Employee engagement activities are intended to promote welfare and satisfaction.

Pay for passion provides employees with a stipend to reward themselves with something enjoyable. The simplest way is to organize this allowance through the collection and repayment of employee receipts. You can make regulations so that employees understand what costs the company will and will not cover.

Financial incentives are routinely used to pay bills and other obligations. By requiring employees to spend money on themselves, you ensure that coworkers will enjoy a treat. The temporary happiness will be associated with work, and the serotonin high will last considerably longer than the actual revenue.

7. Light a fuse during lunch 

Learning lunches are an excellent way to bring your team together and stimulate learning for them. Take any topic that has lately sparked controversy, or any topic that is opposed to it. Discuss it with colleagues and have a healthy discussion as a group.

Bitly organizes lunch and learns once a week to encourage learning, community, and transparency.

Just make sure they aren't boring and brief. Nobody wants to sit through a long lunch meeting. Make sure to bring light lunches!

8. In-office animal therapy

Most people adore animals. Midday pet snuggling sessions are an excellent approach to instilling passion and improving the spirits of your employees. Simply ask employees to bring their gorgeous dogs to work, or organize a fundraising event with a neighbouring animal agency.

Distant workplaces don't have to miss out on the fun. As part of your remote employee engagement initiatives, you and your virtual team could ask pets to make a cameo appearance on the webcam. If the cats at your job are camera-shy or simply uncooperative, you can still get your fix by watching an animal Livestream.

9. Monthly Q&A with the seniors of the company

Monthly Q&A meetings with a company's senior leaders can be a helpful tool for both employees and the organization. These sessions allow employees to ask questions, get insights, and express their thoughts about various elements of the organization. At the same time, it helps senior leaders to express their company's vision, goals, and expectations.

To ensure the success of these Q&A sessions, a climate of openness, respect, and trust must be established. The HR department can ensure that the sessions are well-organized, that employees are comfortable asking questions, and that senior leaders deliver honest and direct responses. 

10. Cabin-gift 

How much do you like surprises or gifts?

Who doesn’t like to be surprised, especially if those happy moments are made in the office, then the office itself would be a heaven to work in! 

If a manager keeps a gift in their cabin for their staff to recognize their work before they arrive, it may produce a nice and satisfying mood for the employees. It demonstrates that the manager appreciates their efforts and wishes to recognize and reward their hard work.

The gesture can help raise staff morale and motivation by demonstrating that the supervisor recognizes and values their work. Additionally, as employees share in the acknowledgment and appreciation, it may develop a sense of togetherness and goodwill.

The supervisor must, however, ensure that the presents are appropriate and related to the employees' interests and requirements. A thoughtful present can make someone's day.

Wrapping up..

Employee engagement initiatives are an essential component of a functioning organization. Organizations can improve employee satisfaction, retention, and performance by investing in these activities, resulting in increased overall success and growth.