Engagement is at historic lows. According to Gallup, 79% of global employees are unengaged at work – and only 33% of employees are thriving in their overall wellbeing.

With competition tightening and a potential recession on the horizon, it’s a recipe for trouble. If you’re looking for new ideas to boost engagement, consider these ideas.

Reconsider Your Tech Stack

Your technology and software services might not be the first place you look to improve employee engagement. However, it is an important piece of the puzzle!

Explore automation options – can you automate boring, routine tasks that eat up your employees’ time and energy?

Think about how to leverage technology to streamline processes for your teams and make everyday tasks easier.

This will free up time for bigger picture tasks like strategy and analyzing what’s working and what isn’t. With more time to focus on these tasks, employees can add more value and feel more productive.

Have Every Manager Hold Regularly 1:1s

One-on-one conversations are an incredibly powerful tool to drive employee engagement – but most companies never take full advantage of them.

These conversations are an opportunity for leaders to build relationships with their direct reports, discuss any challenges they may be facing, and talk about whatever concerns team members might have.

We recommend holding these conversations monthly at a minimum, and ideally weekly or biweekly. Setting aside the time shows your team members you care, and that you’re there to support their success. It’s also the perfect time to address engagement or performance challenges, as well as ask questions to better understand what really motivates team members.

Ask what your team members goals are for their career (and even their personal life). With a little creativity, you may have plenty of opportunity to help them reach those goals while also becoming more engaged at the workplace.

Building on the technology point above, OpenBlend is an amazing platform to coach leaders on how to best hold one-on-one conversations.

Build a Culture of Gratitude

It’s easy to take employees for granted. But our employees are the bedrock of our organization!

Gratitude is a simple yet powerful mindset that can work wonders in engaging teams – and it starts at the top.

If leaders at your organization make an effort to recognize contributions (even the smaller ones) on a daily basis and demonstrate their gratitude, others will follow their lead. While it’s not a cure-all, making your employees feel more valued and appreciated undoubtedly helps drive engagement.

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