Boosting employee engagement is a top initiative for many executives, and with good reason, as it’s estimated that low engagement costs organizations up to $550 billion each year. In an era of low unemployment and widespread talent shortage, companies that report high engagement among employees enjoy greater employee retention and are 21% more profitable. Investing even in simple engagement methods can help boost work performance in the office.
Promote Health and Wellness
It may seem obvious, but healthy employees are more likely to make quality contributions to your business than unhealthy ones. To raise employee engagement, it’s imperative to foster an environment that promotes wellbeing. Introducing a health program is a good place to start, as recent studies have found consistent correlation between business-led health programs and increased employee engagement. For example, employees who participate in health and wellness programs provided by their employers are 88% more likely to feel valued by their employer, and they are also 18% more likely to take responsibility for their health and wellbeing.
One example of an employer-provided health program is the fitness initiative TempWorks Software recently launched through its healthcare provider. This initiative gives employees the option to earn money for their health savings account (HSA) by meeting daily walking goals and encouraging frequent exercise throughout the workday. Walking habits are measured by step-tracking devices, the cost of which is partially covered by the TempWorks healthcare plan. This is just one way companies can help promote health and wellbeing while simultaneously boosting engagement.
Recognize Individual Contributions and Build a Community
Employees with strong social ties in the office consistently report higher job satisfaction and greater fulfillment at work, and 37% of employees list recognition for their individual contributions as an essential element to their job satisfaction.
Initiatives that target cultivating a sense of community and rewarding employees for their work are likely to succeed in improving your business’s engagement statistics. At TempWorks Software, we recognize individual employee contributions with monthly office get-togethers that feature themed foods (recent themes include chips & guacamole, breakfast goodies, and pies). These events encourage employees to take a short break from their busy workday and connect with coworkers from other departments.
Personal fulfillment and wellbeing in employees often correlate to their engagement in the workplace. Investing in initiatives that recognize employee contributions, encourage healthy lifestyles, and build foundations for a community and workplace culture are great ways of not only boosting employee engagement and job satisfaction, but also your bottom line.
TempWorks offers multiple tools to improve employee engagement, including our Buzz mobile app, which helps staffing agencies enhance temporary employee relationships by providing mobile communication, job assignment, and time clock solutions. If your company is searching for additional tools to help boost temporary employee engagement, contact us for more information!