HR · 31 January 2020

5 cost-effective ways to increase employee engagement

Increasing employee engagement isn’t just a checkbox exercise for HR; it’s a long-term strategy that is crucial to business growth. And the best news is that it doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are five cost-effective ways to improve employee engagement. 

1. Implement some environmental policies

This year taking an environmental stance in your office will be welcomed by staff. Earlier this year, research released by TopLine Film examined workplace sustainability and employees’ feelings towards it. Nearly a quarter (24%) of the 1,000 respondents said they would refuse a job at an organisation with a poor sustainability record. And almost three quarters (73%) said they wanted to see a greater commitment to sustainability in their workplace.

Single-use plastic should be banned in the office, and also make recycling mandatory. What’s more is that you could also include a ‘switch off’ policy for everyone to turn off their computers and other devices at the end of every day.

I’m quite confident that all workplaces could enforce these rules quickly and easily, and at no extra cost to the business. Those that do might want to look into getting certified as a B Corporation, the only certification that measures a company’s entire social and environmental performance. 

2. Share information

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Sharing is caring: keep your employees in the loop.

Your employees want to know what is going on in the company, whether it’s good or bad. Conversations that happen in management meetings can seem tedious when you’re in them regularly, but the rest of your team probably feel differently.

Having a regular staff update meeting allows you to celebrate successes, talk about the future and all get-together. Plus, it shows that you respect them enough to keep them in the loop on business development.

3. Go flexible

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Bend the rules: implement work from home schemes for your employees.

Employers have some seriously talented people who wouldn’t be able to perform to their high standard if they couldn’t indulge in a work from home scheme. 

You should try to implement a work-from-home policy for everyone in your team. Not only is it cheap and easy to implement, but it is without a doubt the most valued work benefit. HR practitioners regularly get feedback from their team saying that it makes their lives so much easier to organise. 

4. Let people bring their pets to work

Employees best friend?- dogs have been scientifically proven to boost worker morale.

Bringing pets to work is such a simple little benefit, but so valuable in terms of employee engagement.  Research shows that dogs in the workplace help lower stress levels throughout the day. 

And this is also not just a benefit for your employees, but their pooches too!. as they do not have to be left alone at home, waiting for their owner to return.

5. Use software to help with HR

People want to feel they have control over their employment relationship. That means they need to know who to go to for references or when they’re moving to a new house or applying for a mortgage. Having a clear route to find out where their contracts are is important. Even if it’s just a simple query about what happened in their last review or how much holiday they have left.

Tapping into digital tools such as PeopleHR, can be a very helpful option for getting organised and making the employee lifecycle an overall better experience. 

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Heather Baker is the founder and CEO of TopLine Comms and TopLine Film. She's also a blogger, YouTuber, tech enthusiast, failed minimalist and aspiring farmer.

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