Why employee engagement is critical for a happy workplace
Most of us spend the bulk of our waking lives at work: working five days a week, 8+ hours a day. And with the advances in technology, we are now connected to work more than ever.
On top of this, many people face a lot of pressure in their jobs, which can lead to an increased risk of developing mental health issues, and many of us may feel our workplace is mentally unhealthy.
When work requires so much of our time, our happiness at work is critical. So how do we find it?
If you google employee engagement, most of the information you’ll find is pretty much the same: employee engagement improves productivity, profitability, and efficiency within an organisation.
Makes sense, doesn’t it?
It’s important for workplaces to encourage their employees by developing an action plan to get their team engaged and motivated to go to work every day.
By having a holistic employee engagement program, your work environment could change and benefit in many different ways such as:
- A reduction in the number of sick days people take
- An increase in respect for leadership from employees
- A more positive perception of the workplace by employees
- An increase in productivity
So how can you make your workplace a happy one?
There are many different ways to develop an employee engagement program. What’s most important is that you develop something that fits within your organisation’s structure, values, and mission.
It is unlikely a standard employee engagement program will fit your organisation. Therefore, it’s important to customise. A good start is to find out what makes your employees happy. Ask what motivates them.
Once you have the answer, you can easily put your employee engagement program together.
There are many components you could include within your customised program.
Below are three examples of what you can include in your employee engagement program:
1. Have volunteering days
Volunteering is a great way to get out of the office, build team morale and make a difference. It gives each individual a sense of achievement. Not to mention, it’s good for the body and good for the soul.
At Landcare, we offer corporate environment volunteering days. Many individuals who take part in this program do it as a way to help our environment, but they end up getting so much more. Teams who take part find that after a day out together, their moral is increased, friendships are built, and they feel good – all while experiencing and learning more about our environment.
2. Have a social club
Having a social club might be so 1990s, but they’re still just as relevant today. Social clubs create opportunities for employees to interact in a more relaxed environment, creating opportunities for friendships to flourish. This could be going to the movie, or having a ball.
It usually is a good idea to also have a fundraising component for your social club and raise money for a cause that your organisation is aligned to.
3. Have a workplace giving program
85% of employees thinks it’s important to ‘give back’ through work (Australian Charities Fund 2013). There are tens of thousands of charities employees can support. And the best thing is that employees can donate pre-tax through payroll. It’s easy to set up, offers high employee engagement and gives you the ability to see tangible results through your employee’s contributions.
Over 24 partners have a workplace giving program with Landcare Australia. In the past two years, they have supported over $200,000 worth of projects in habitat restoration to save our Aussie wildlife.
These are just three examples you could include in your employee engagement program. There are hundreds of other ideas you could include; such as starting a veggie garden, a walking club, a Landcare group or helping children plant native trees within their own school. The possibilities are endless.
All you have to do is think about ways your organisation can engage its employees and then give them a go!
About Landcare Australia
If you didn’t know, Landcare is not just about planting trees and pulling weeds. It’s so much more than that.
Landcare is a grassroots community of passionate and dedicated volunteers getting together with one common goal: to reverse the damage already done to our natural environment and restore the habitats of our Aussie wildlife.
Landcare is about bringing passionate individuals together who believe in making a positive difference. Thousands of volunteers, across Australia, roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty to do something to help our precious land, water, flora, and fauna instead of waiting for someone else to do it.
They are the people who are giving the time and energy to reverse the damage.
This June is Workplace Giving Month. If your organisation needs help in setting up an employee engagement program, please fill out the form below and we will get in touch with you. Alternatively, you can also contact us on (02) 9412 1040, or firstname.lastname@example.org or click here to find out more.
Sign your team up for an Employee Engagement Program with Landcare Australia