employee engagement ideasHave you ever read about how Google employees get to ride around on scooters, play with electric cars, and lounge around in massage chairs – all during the work day? Those lucky guys and gals. It’s like living in the future and working on an adult playground all at once. While most companies won’t be following in Google’s footsteps anytime soon, there’s bound to be a good medium between the playpen known as Google and the bleak white cubicles that so many employees have to sit in day after day.

Even without a complete office remodeling, employers have many options for engaging their employees creatively and intellectually and helping them get excited about their work. After all, a company is only as good as its employees. And employees are only as good as their general happiness and motivation. With a couple of good employee engagement ideas under your belt, you’ll have a happier, more successful team in no time.

If you’ve ever had to sit in a cubicle for 40+ hours a week, think back to that experience. Did you look forward to going to work in the morning? Did you jump out of bed with a smile on your face, eager to put on your suit and tie and stare at your computer screen for hours on end? If you did, you are one of the lucky ones. If you didn’t, did you put in your utmost effort every single day? Probably not. It’s hard to get motivated about something that doesn’t motivate you. It’s time to ditch standard practices and get employees engaged in their work again. And as it turns out, this isn’t as difficult as many would expect.

Why Engage Employees?

Think about it this way: if 65% of employees are only doing what they need to do to scrape by during the day, the company is not progressing as fast as it could be if 100% of employees were engaged and excited about their work. Or, rather, think about it in terms of your high school experience. Did you ever take a class you didn’t like? When the time came to complete a homework assignment or study for a test, did you spend hours and hours delving deep into the material, teaching yourself everything you possibly could about the subject? If you did, I’m extremely impressed. Many of us utilized our short term memory to cram in the information right before the test, or gathered a couple of quick facts so that we could complete the assignment. Did this get us an A+? If we were lucky we got an A-. With disengaged employees, companies are doing an A- job (at best) when they could be doing an A+ job.

How to Engage Disengaged Employees

“But all of my employees are bored and unhappy! It’s too late!” Want in on a little secret? It’s never too late. While trying to face hundreds of disengaged employees can be nerve-wracking, they’re not a lost cause. In fact, many of them will probably be excited that things are going to change around the office. Need a few quick tips? Try these out! No matter how small, any change in the right direction is a positive one.

Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day

Employee engagement won’t happen overnight, and there will always be one or two employees who seem to hate the world and won’t get engaged no matter how hard you try. Don’t let this get your spirits down, and focus on improving employee engagement one day at a time. Little by little, you’ll see positive results. A big aspect of employee engagement focuses on basic human desires; everyone wants to be acknowledged and appreciated. The more acknowledged and appreciated employees are, the more engaged they’ll be and the more the company will thrive.

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