5 innovative ideas to engage your employees

A Gallup survey found that a staggering 87% of employees worldwide are not engaged. Many companies are experiencing a crisis of engagement and aren't aware of it. It doesn't have to be this way. Try these innovation ideas to engage your employees:

1) Push for transparency: TinyPulse's employee engagement survey found that the No. 1 contributor to employee happiness is transparency. - See more here. That means communicating clearly across levels, minimizing back channel information networks, having an open door culture to name a few.

Engaging your employees

Engaging your employees

2) Recognize your employees especially when it is not appraisal season: We all like surprises. Remember that surprise birthday party you had as a kid? Be in-the-moment. As Meghan Biro says - "Catch people doing exemplary work and acknowledge their efforts.  Don’t be knee-jerk – showing up for work on time does not count in most cases. Be specific, descriptive and measured."

3) Use your wellness program to engage: Wellness programs should not be run for the sake of checking the box. They are a great way of telling your employees you care. Move Hotspots, for instance allow you to communicate culture, health information and wellness tips through a workday. Don't settle for 25% engagement in your programs. And logging into the portal once does not count as engagement!

MOVE Hotspots

MOVE Hotspots

4) Speak about your company's purpose: A company's purpose is beyond the sales line. Your employees should A) Know your company's purpose and B) Resonate with it. Take the example of Medix in this article by Paul Keegan. Medix had an employee engagement problem. After trying multiple strategies, they realized that discovering the company's core purpose had a dramatic effect. Medix already had a profound purpose: to find jobs for people in an uncertain economy. The company came up with a rallying cry, "Positively Impacting Lives," and created a goal of helping 20,000 people land employment. The new mantra and related team-building exercises, like group-assembling a bicycle, yielded striking results: Turnover dropped, productivity increased, and employee surveys showed engagement levels rose.

5) Share the spotlight: Isn't it odd that when you read case studies and interviews about companies, it is often about the C-level or senior staff. Share the credit. It goes a long way even compared to monetary rewards. Something simple like an employee spotlight can have a huge impact. Check this out for an example.

Employee engagement

Employee engagement

Tell us what you think and add your own innovative ideas in the comments section.