Top Tips For Increasing Employee Engagement

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The start of a new year provides a golden opportunity for organisations to reinvigorate their workforce and set the tone for success in the months ahead. Employee engagement takes centre stage, emerging as a critical catalyst for productivity, innovation, and overall workplace satisfaction.

Employee engagement is vital for employers and businesses to achieve. When employees are fully engaged with the business, they feel more connected to it. This leads to increased productivity, motivation, loyalty and engaged employees also tend to motivate others to do the same. If your team consists of employees working remotely, engagement can be even more of an issue.

Engaged employees tend to perform better on every level. This boosts the success of teams, which ultimately spells great news for the organisation and everyone involved.

Understanding the importance of employee engagement, organisations will find the start of the year an ideal time to reflect and realign their strategies that foster a sense of purpose and connection among their teams early in the year.

Let’s now look at some top tips for increasing employee engagement in the workplace and for those employees who are working remotely.

Encourage Recognition To Improve Employee Engagement

No matter what job role someone has within an organisation, everyone desires recognition for a job well done. It’s all about feeling appreciated for your efforts and recognition becomes more personal. Rather than simply being a number out on the factory floor, for example, employee recognition demonstrates that an individual is an important part of the team.

A culture of recognition should be encouraged and practised throughout the year. This doesn’t just apply to bosses and managers, but every employee in the company should recognise the efforts of others.

Hold Virtual Company Events

Company events are essentially team building and bonding events. Create a calendar of social events for the whole year or per quarter and share it with the team to encourage anticipation and participation.

If you have remote workers on your team, then virtual bonding sessions are the way to go to improve employee engagement. You can use platforms like Zoom to broadcast virtual events.

Here are just a few ideas to get you started:

  • Virtual holiday events (e.g. Christmas party)
  • Virtual team lunch
  • Virtual wine night
  • Virtual trivia game
  • Virtual murder mystery game

That’s just a few ideas. A search online will provide countless ideas for virtual team building events.

Organise Virtual Workout Sessions To Improve Employee Engagement

Many roles in an organisation can involve sitting idle behind a desk for long periods. Getting fit and active is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and also leads to improved mental performance and increased cognitive activity.

Plan to hold regular virtual workout sessions to improve employee engagement. Have someone leading the session and everyone can join in via Zoom and virtually work out together. These sessions keep everyone fit, healthy and sharp and are also good team bonding sessions.

Anything that promotes “team” will naturally lead to higher employee engagement.

Create a Virtual Breakroom

Part of the fun of going to work is interacting with others in the workplace, especially during lunch breaks and other scheduled breaks. If some of all of the team are currently working remotely or from home, it can feel like a lonely and disconnected existence.

Virtual break rooms are one solution to improve employee engagement. Organise a virtual video conference once or twice a week during scheduled breaks so everyone can virtually get together and have a chat over lunch or a cup of coffee.

As you are planning for this at the start of the year, connect with your team and see what they want to see, talk about, or achieve in these sessions. This can be a real morale booster, helping employees feel more included and connected to the organisation.

Improve Employee Engagement by Setting Friendly Challenges

Friendly challenges in the workplace promote team bonding and enhance employee engagement. Challenges could involve something that increases productivity within the workplace, or they could be a challenge that helps the community after hours, such as a plant a tree challenge or a clean up the local park challenge. As far as workplace challenges go, choose something that challenges everyone to learn a new skill.

You could come up with some friendly virtual challenges too if some of your team works remotely. It can also be a year-long challenge so employees have something to look forward to at the end of the year.

Now It’s Time To Implement your Employee Engagement Strategy

Employee engagement in the workplace is vital if you want to cultivate a productive and harmonious team environment where everyone strives to do their very best for the organisation as a whole. If you have employees who work remotely, then focusing on employee engagement is even more paramount.

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Our survey enables employees to share confidential quantitative and qualitative feedback about their organization’s culture by responding to 60 statements on a 5-point scale and answering two open-ended questions. Collectively, these statements describe a great employee experience, defined by high levels of trust, respect, credibility, fairness, pride, and camaraderie. In addition, companies provide organizational data like size, location, industry, demographics, roles, and levels. Great Place To Work measures the differences in survey responses across demographic groups and roles within each organization to assess both the quality and consistency of the employee experience.

Statements are weighted according to their relevance in describing the most important aspects of an equitable workplace. Survey data analysis and company-provided datapoints are then factored into a combined score to compare and rank the companies that create the most consistently positive experience for all employees in this industry.

To be considered for the list, companies must be Great Place To Work Certified™ and nominate as a company in the technology industry.

We require statistically significant survey results, review anomalies in responses, news, and financial performance, and investigate any employee reports of company incompliance with strict surveying rules to validate the integrity of the results and findings. 

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Great Place To Work® Best Workplaces™ in Australia 2023 Evaluation Methodology

Great Place To Work determines the list using our proprietary For All methodology. To determine the Best Workplaces in Technology list, Great Place To Work analyses the survey responses of tens of thousands of employees from Great Place To Work Certified™ companies in the technology industry.

Our survey enables employees to share confidential quantitative and qualitative feedback about their organization’s culture by responding to 60 statements on a 5-point scale and answering two open-ended questions. Collectively, these statements describe a great employee experience, defined by high levels of trust, respect, credibility, fairness, pride, and camaraderie. In addition, companies provide organizational data like size, location, industry, demographics, roles, and levels. Great Place To Work measures the differences in survey responses across demographic groups and roles within each organization to assess both the quality and consistency of the employee experience.

Statements are weighted according to their relevance in describing the most important aspects of an equitable workplace. Survey data analysis and company-provided datapoints are then factored into a combined score to compare and rank the companies that create the most consistently positive experience for all employees in this industry.

To be considered for the list, companies must be Great Place To Work Certified™ and nominate as a company in the technology industry.

We require statistically significant survey results, review anomalies in responses, news, and financial performance, and investigate any employee reports of company incompliance with strict surveying rules to validate the integrity of the results and findings. 

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Data is based on over 40,000 employee survey responses from women in Great Place To Work® Certified™ organisations across Australia. 

The survey 

The survey enables employees to share confidential quantitative and qualitative feedback about their organisation’s culture by responding to 60 statements on a 5-point scale and answering two open-ended questions. 

Collectively, these statements describe a great employee experience, defined by high levels of trust, respect, credibility, fairness, pride, and camaraderie. In addition, companies provide organisational data like size, location, industry, and the number of women in the workforce and management positions. 

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Great Place To Work analysed the gender balance of each workplace, how it compares to each company’s industry, and patterns in representation as women rise from front-line positions to executive/C-suite roles. 
Survey data analysis and women’s representation figures are then factored into a combined score to compare and rank the companies that create the most consistently positive experience and opportunities for all women, regardless of their role or demographic background.   

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To be considered for the list, companies must be Great Place To Work Certified™. Companies must also employ at least 50 women. We require statistically significant survey results, review anomalies in responses, and investigate any employee reports of company in compliance with strict surveying rules to validate the integrity of the results and findings. 

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Great Place To Work® Best Workplaces™ in Australia 2023 Evaluation Methodology

Great Place To Work, the global authority on workplace culture, determined the Best Workplaces™ Australia 2023 List by conducting annual workforce studies through our Trust Index Survey™ and Culture Management platform Emprising®, representing the voices of almost 50,000 employees across Australia.

Employees responded to over 60 survey questions describing the extent to which their organisation creates a great place to work For All™, meaning that the company empowers all individuals to reach their full human potential. Eighty-five percent of the evaluation is based on what employees report about their experiences of trust and reaching their full human potential as part of their organisation, no matter who they are or what they do. We analyse these experiences relative to each organisation’s size, workforce make up, and what’s typical in their industry and region. The remainder of the evaluation is an assessment of all employees’ daily experiences of the company’s values, people’s ability to contribute new ideas, and the effectiveness of their leaders to ensure they’re consistently experienced.

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These organisations’ assessment is based 100% on employee responses to the Trust Index survey.

For larger organisations with more than 100 employees, we also use our Culture Audit™ tool, asking organisations to share with us their practices, policies and programs to creating a great workplace For All™ and evaluating the approach they take.

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