Do use low-cost or free tools for employee recognition, such as a shoutout board or a virtual high-five wall. For example: Remember to underestimate the power of a virtual pat on the back! A shoutout board is a budget-friendly way to show your employees you care. Just make sure it's not too cheesy. We don't want them to roll their eyes so hard that they get stuck.
Do encourage employees to take breaks and have fun during work hours, like a virtual game tournament or a dance party. For example, A virtual game tournament or a dance party is a great way to boost morale without breaking the bank. Just ensure everyone remembers to keep it professional (no Fortnite dances during a meeting, please)."
Do offer flexible schedules and remote work options to improve work-life balance. For example: Offering remote work or flexible schedules can help employees manage their personal lives while still getting their job done. You won't have to spend a fortune on office snacks and coffee.
Do listen to employee feedback and implement changes accordingly. For example, Your employees are your best resource for improving your company culture. So listen to their suggestions, and if they want a break room with a ping-pong table, give it to them! Just make sure they stay competitive during work hours.
Don't Do This:
Don't rely solely on monetary incentives for employee engagement. Money can't buy happiness, but it can buy snacks. For example, relying exclusively on financial incentives for employee engagement is like trying to win a marathon by bribing the other runners. It might work in the short term but won't create a lasting impact."
Don't force employees to participate in engagement activities. For example, Nothing kills employee engagement faster than forcing them to do something they don't want. So don't be that boss who makes everyone engage in trust falls. Unless you want to be the subject of their water cooler gossip."
Don't forget to celebrate wins and milestones, no matter how small. Even if it's just hitting the 'send' button on an email, every small victory is worth celebrating. For example: Don't forget to acknowledge your employees' hard work and dedication. And if you're feeling generous, you can throw in some confetti (clean it up afterward).
Don't neglect employee development and growth opportunities. For example, Your employees want to learn and grow like a plant that needs water and sunlight (and maybe a little fertilizer). So pay attention to their development opportunities. Offer training, mentorship, or even a library of career development books.