Encouraging Team Building Can Engage Your Employees: Here’s How To Do It
It’s no surprise that a united team of employees can encourage an engaged workforce and make employees happier, but how can you do it? Well, we explain in this blog post.
Every HR department is keen to find new ways of keeping their staff engaged and happy in their workplace, but many of these ways can be expensive and require a lot of time and effort.
A simpler way to boost employee engagement is to make sure that employees are happy in the team they work with. That’s why we’ve thought of a few simple ways to encourage a united and social workforce, which won’t cost your company very much at all.
The easiest way to encourage your workforce to socialise is to let them do so themselves. Friendly relationships can be developed over a few drinks and making this a regular social event can keep this going in the long-run. It’s important to go for some drinks outside of the workplace and discussion of work shouldn’t be allowed so that the event doesn’t start to feel like overtime.
Given that employees probably have plans for their weekends, it’s also a good idea to hold such social events midweek. This avoids eating into your staff’s weekends and can also help break up the week for them, as well as laying the foundations for a more sociable team. If the company can afford to pay for the first round, this is also sure to go down very well with staff!
Encourage joint lunchtimes
Depending on the type of industry or business set-up you have, it may not be possible for more than one employee to take lunch at the same time, but if it is a possibility then encourage it. By letting a few people take their lunch at the same time, those employees are bound to get along better in the long-run as they share meals and small talk will eventually turn into genuine interest in the others’ family, hobbies, or similar.
Company sports teams
The chances are that many members of your workforce enjoy a particular sport, whether that’s football, basketball or something else altogether. If these employees want to play that sport anyway, why not encourage them to play it together by forming a company team.
There are various different leagues that they could enter and week by week you’ll see that not only might they become a better football team (although they might not!), but they will also become a better team during the working day and that will benefit you, the employer.
A lot of people don’t like a big fuss to be made on their birthday so there’s no need for party hats, a massive cake and part poppers. It takes minimal effort, however, to get a card signed by everyone in the team and whether the employee likes a fuss or not, nobody is going to be angry about receiving a card from their colleagues.
Some employees might take this upon themselves, while others might not so if HR can take the lead on organising all birthday cards then it means nobody will ever be left out.
Mix up the desks every once in a while
Now this one only applies to offices, of course, but changing the seating arrangements from time to time can be another great way to encourage a sociable team of employees. Sometimes certain cliques of employees can form, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but moving people around every once in a while is a good way to encourage new relationships to be built.
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