Engage Your Employees in the New Year!

As we prepare for the year end festive seasons, we will all be making a list of new year resolutions whether for work or personal. As 2020 approaches, you should consider making the engaging of your team one of your new year resolutions.

Based on a study, employees that recognise that their employer cares for them are 18% more likely to put in extra effort in the workplace. Furthermore, 28% are more likely to recommend their workplace to someone else while 17% are more likely to be working for the same company in the next 12 months.

So what could be some ideal solutions to engage your company? You don’t have to think big or expensive. Sheldon Yellen, CEO of the property-restoration company BELFOR Holdings, Inc., hand-writes birthday cards to each of his 9,200 employees as a way to say thank you. Yellen has found taking the time to write out a card for each and every person has created a culture of compassion through the whole company. “It’s also something that doesn’t have to cost a thing,”

Through these numbers you can tell that it is important to show that your company cares for your employees’ wellbeing and performance. This then reaps in more benefits which translates to a better company culture, energy and engagement.

he said. “When I learn of random acts of kindness being performed in the field, I take it upon myself to again, reach out in writing, and send a thank you card so that person can know they are appreciated and that their efforts don’t go unnoticed.”

At the end of the day, it is the thought that counts and ensuring that at the end of the activity, everyone feels recognised , respected and valued. We have compiled some ways for you to kickstart your employees’ engagement in the new year!

Celebrate the Year’s Performance and Show Your Gratitude to the Team

A simple handwritten year end greeting card or home baked cookies, a Thanksgiving dinner or a Christmas feast over wine will definitely let your employees or team feel warm and valued. Include a personal thank you note and highlighting each team member’s contributions during the celebratory toasts will also motivate them further!

Enter the Year with a Bang!

The New Year can be a fun yet stressful time. With the string of festivities occurring during the first few months, it is the perfect time to open up your house for your employees to come visit you in a different environment. Being festive at work lets your employees know that they can relax and have fun and make you more approachable!

Consider joining a hands on cooking or baking class at Palate Sensations where your team can bond together and learn to make some festive goodies together; or come together to bake together for your preferred charity organisation.

During Chinese New Year, why not toss some “yu sheng” with your co-workers to bring prosperity into the office and welcome them into your home to to feast on your home cooked festive dishes? It could also be an eye opening experience for your team members coming from another culture.

Follow through with that energy as you go along the year. The great thing about being festive in the workplace is that it can act as a way to break up the day-to-day office activities in an engaging way. When doing this, it also allows for team building opportunities and ways for management to interact with employees in a more relaxed manner. Celebrate all of the holidays and birthdays in the office, to show you care!

Organise Team Outings

Team outings are effective and can work wonders. Your team can see you in a different light hence not only building trust and respect, but can improve engagement as well as improve morale. Team building activities allow your team to learn to work together outside of the office and these fun activities will re energise them plus educate them or let them learn a new skill.

Palate Sensations offer many cooking team building programs that can engage your team in various ways as well as equip them with culinary skills!

Empower Your Employees with New Kkills

Educating and upskilling your employees have proven to have lasting effects. Educating them, allows the individual to be more independent and more engaging in their workplace with their new skills which will in turn, contributes to a good work culture. When equipping your team, it not only improves them but it shows that as a company you believe in their empowerment through skills upgrades and development.

Celebrate Successes Together

When leaders are given recognition, they often do not share it with their team, despite the fact that the team contributes to most of it. This tip is an easy one. Whenever there is a cause of celebration due to someone’s success, celebrate together as a team. Be it a meal or just a drink together, such gestures will allow your team members to feel appreciated and recognised and work even harder to ensure the team’s success.

If you would like to know more about engaging your employees outside the office, do speak to us at Palate Sensations Teambuilding and we would be happy to send you some proposals. You may also wish to visit us at www.palateteambuilding.com or email to info@palatesensations.com

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