It’s time to ditch the stale donuts and try something new with creative experiences and events that will boost employee engagement and tamp down burnout. If you are a business owner or manager, you understand the importance of keeping employees engaged.
You also know it can be difficult to come up with creative ways to keep everyone motivated without going over budget. But, according to Gallup, many employees refuse to settle for an organization that does not regularly prioritize engagement. So for leaders, this means a culture of engagement is no longer an option, it’s a must. Here are some ways to make it happen.
Celebrate Your Team!
If it’s one employee’s excellence or anniversary, or even your whole team’s accomplishments, acknowledgement goes a long way toward making employees feel valued. By encouraging your employees to gather for out-of-work experiences or celebrations, they may come back with a better sense of comradery and motivation.
Moderation is everything in this case, however, unique experiences are memorable and connecting. Ask around. If going out to celebrate seems like a hit, simply make an announcement or send out a friendly email asking your team to join you.
Check Out Local Event Calendars
Step out of your comfort zone and explore the world outside the workplace! Check out your local event calendars for places to go and things to do. Experiences like food trucks, festivals, and outdoor concerts are all creative options to bring your team together and boost employee engagement.
As a result, making the time for events like this shows your employees you value their contributions. Plus, it gives everyone something to look forward to! If your schedule allows, grant everyone a half-day Friday for a planned meetup or social excursion.
With fall on its way, it’s a great time to take advantage of regional activities, like apple picking at Alyson Orchard or Washburn’s Windy Hill in New Hampshire’s Monadnock Region. Spend quality time with your team (and their families) at these beautiful locations as you enjoy picking fruit and strolling through the classic landscape.
Regional Events and Landmarks to Explore
The First Friday Gallery Walk in Brattleboro, Vermont could also be a great way to spend time enjoying art and culture with your team, for example. Getting to know everyone on a personal level is easy while you’re hanging out at a fun event like this! If you’re interested in a slower pace, there are plenty of landmark areas, like Quechee Gorge, to hike, or picnic. Hosting an engagement activity in a special place gives everyone a chance to learn more about the area.
Mike’s Maze is an exciting experience and is famous in the Western Massachusetts area for its many attractions and fun activities for all ages. Encouraging employees to share this kind of experience and even bring along their families can build a whole new sense of appreciation for your company culture.
This destination also offers built-in opportunities for team-building exercises, like problem solving, puzzles, and themed games. Be prepared to laugh and learn as you wander the 8-acre maze, encountering installations and trivia at every turn!
The Bridge of Flowers is another unique place to gain a sense of community by enjoying local beauty. Shelburne Falls, MA Bridge of Flowers is open April 1 – October 31, weather permitting, 24-hours a day. There is no entrance fee, but donations are welcome.
The bridge is widely known as the oldest example of a repurposed structure in the country. It continues to rely entirely on volunteer support. There is something for every season and it’s a wonderful location to spend an afternoon.
Foster Feel Good Initiatives
Contributing to the community where your employees work or live is a creative way to bring everyone closer together. One of the best ways to boost employee engagement is to encourage participation in team giving and impactful activities through incentives.
In other words, give prizes to those who support a local nonprofit or volunteer for a cause. Contribute to an organization that matches up with your company’s values or join local businesses to make a larger impact. Rolling out an initiative like this can create a sense of community and cooperation around a good cause.
Ask around the workplace to find out what organizations your employees might like to support and why. Above all, our local nonprofits will thank you, and you will enhance your company culture overnight.
Local Nonprofit Resources
There’s no shortage of exceptional organizations in the area. Bring out the best in your team by volunteering with the Monadnock RSVP Volunteer Center. RSVP uses the skills and talents of people of all ages to deliver creative solutions to community needs through volunteerism. There are also branches in Vermont and Massachusetts, making this an option for a wide range of businesses to explore.
Likewise, Monadnock United Way partners with businesses to make the community a better place. Working together makes everyone stronger. Creating partnerships with local nonprofits can encourage a culture of giving back, teamwork, and overall empathy.
If you’re located in or around Brattleboro, there are a variety of community volunteer programs that your company can invest in, such as Coaching Youth, Meals on Wheels, and Senior Center Volunteer Programs. Similarly, show meaningful support to a local Massachusetts nonprofit, like Literacy Volunteers of Orange/Athol, if you want to invest in education and literacy. Volunteering, publicity, fundraising, and clerical work are all ways to contribute to valuable community programs.
Start a Learning Club
Encourage clubs that are not work-related, and you will see the benefits in the workplace. This could be anything from yoga to reading, but at the end of the day what really matters is that coworkers are encouraging each other to learn and contribute to a joint goal.
Moreover, this same principle ties in to your actual work as well. Asking members of your team to contribute to a project or skill-building exercise can make a huge difference in training engagement.
Appreciating your employees and the value they add to the team is a huge part of engagement. But, this includes learning from them as well. Boost engagement by asking everyone to contribute to activities and you will see your company culture flourish!
The Bottom Line
Inevitably, engaged employees are more motivated, less vulnerable to stress, better focused, and more likely to perform when needed. It’s easy to see why improving engagement is good for the bottom line. Sometimes a little investment goes a long way. Above all, your employees will thank you and show their appreciation with improved performance and quality work.
We love our community and are excited to support local events and businesses with our team this fall. Most importantly, it’s our mission to connect employers to qualified temporary, temp-to-hire, and direct-hire candidates. Contact Masiello Employment Services to learn more about our specialties and available candidates. Your next great hire is waiting for you!