Only 31.5% of U.S. workers were engaged in their jobs in 2014 (Source: Gallup). The probability is high that this is affecting you and your team’s productivity. There are a number of identified reasons why employees are not engaged with existing viable software solutions. So here we go – let’s talk 3 reasons for poor engagement and solutions that are easier than you think.
Problem: Employees feel out of the loop
Solution: Seek employee feedback. Gathering feedback from your employees is a great way to engage them by giving them an avenue to express their concerns and ideas and including them in planning for the company’s future. But how do you gather this feedback? You ask questions!
TINYPulse is a great engagement platform that sends out a periodical question that employees can answer anonymously. By offering relevant and anonymous surveys, you are able to gather real-time feedback in order to track employee trends and address common employee concerns. Collecting and following through on feedback says a lot about commitment to employee happiness.
Problem: Employees don’t feel appreciated
Solution: Recognize and Reward. Encouraging recognition and rewards to flow from manager to employee and peer to peer is tried and true strategy for making employees feel valuable as well as promoting a happier and more collaborative workplace. The best part is that this can be simple and cost effective. You can choose to do it yourself with a digital gift card provider like Tango Card. Give everyone a small budget and allow them to reward one another with small e-gift cards to say “thanks!” or “good job”.
You can also sign up for a simple office social recognition platform, such as YouEarnedIt, Kudos, and Bonusly. Allow everyone to recognize and reward one another on a common social stream. Given the digital nature of the platform and the rewards, recognition can happen in real time. This makes it possible to bring managers and employees together across multiple offices and departments.
Problem: Employees are unhealthy
Solution: Incentivize employees to make healthy choices. While collecting feedback shows employees you care and recognizing employees makes them feel valuable – health is a key component of engagement and productivity at work. Implementing a health and wellness program has been proven to create improvements in employees’ physical health, mental health and overall happiness. There are some excellent software choices available these days to help implement and manage an ongoing health and wellness program. Check out a number of platforms here: Health and Wellness – A Shifting Industry.
We’ve seen these tools and techniques increase engagement for hundreds of companies and we strongly suggest taking a new look at engagement among your own employees.
Written by Scotty Greenburg
Scotty has been at Tango Card for 4 years in Marketing. Along with the rest of the Tango Card business team, he has helped to create a culture of incentive domain expertise to best support Tango Card’s enterprise reward and incentive customers.