How to Reward your Team for Free

Employee Engagement: I communicate clearly what behavior is recognized. Then, engage with your team to find out how they want to be recognized.  I recognize employees for doing a great job in all my team’s focus areas. This makes the program more effective because they are clear on what gets recognition and they are involved in choosing the rewards. Idea 1: I bought a $20 prize wheel on Amazon and allow the best performers to spin it during monthly meetings. I let the team pick the prizes (engagement). The prizes range from a coffee, lunch, and then mostly me doing different parts of their job for them. These are great prizes because they allow me to show them how I want things done, they cost nothing and the team loves…
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Actionable Employee Development Ideas that Engage

Idea 5 is to implement a process to improve Employee Development. The steps below are one way you can utilize employee development to improve engagement and your team. If you can get your employees excited about new opportunities that they are interested in and good at, and then put them in a position to succeed, you will improve your team and employee satisfaction. Step 1: Meet one on one to discuss your employee’s goals and to set a development plan. Start out with some good questions which could include some of the following: What are you short term goals? What are you long term goals? What do you hope to be doing in 5 years? What do you like about your job? What do you not like about your job?…
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Idea 4- Innovation- A Culture of Employee Engagement

Idea 4 is creating a culture of ideas and empowering your team. We have put our team first, built relationships and clearly communicated what we want, now we can start getting feedback to improve our team. Empower your team to innovate and lead the way to success. My team has implemented over 100 ideas over the last 2 years alone. The goal is not how many ideas you implement but rather to get your team to take ownership of the success of the team. You want your team to know that you want them to come up with ideas that improves the team. What they do really matters. Your team should be actively contributing to making the team and organization better. This part was challenging for me and one that…
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Engage Your Team- Create a Group Vision

Idea 3: Create a Group Vision with your team. If you followed Ideas 1 and 2 you have started to improve employee satisfaction and engagement. Now, you must communicate clearly (and often) what you want the group to achieve. At the same time, we want to empower our teams to come up with innovative ways to get the job done. Finally, we must get our team involved in this process to engage them. This will improve results and help build a high performing and engaged team. Schedule a group meeting or put this near the top of your next meeting agenda. I usually try to have this meeting about 1-2 months into taking over a new team. I want to get a good sense of the team strengths and weaknesses…
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Building a Culture of Employee Engagement

Idea 2: Grow a culture conducive to employee engagement. This is not as hard as it sounds. You can make some small changes around the office (mostly to priorities) that will help you show the team you care about them over everything else. Step 1- First, if you don’t already, make sure to implement an open-door policy. Not just keeping your door open but rather, making your employees a priority to whatever you are doing. They also need to know that they can come to you any time with ideas to improve the group, to discuss frustrations or just to vent. When an employee comes in to your office put down what you are doing, look them in the eye and politely ask how you can help them. Most issues…
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Why Employee Engagement?

My father was a sales executive for a fortune 500 company and my mother was a family therapist. My father pushed me, and my mother was the most caring person I have ever met. My father taught me how to work hard and my mother was constantly concerned about me, asking how I was feeling and if anything was wrong.  It drove me nuts at the time but by chance, the combination of the two has helped me excel in leadership, especially when it comes to employee engagement. I will share the process I follow to consistently improve employee performance. Following these steps will help you improve employee engagement and performance and it costs next to nothing. Most employees are not engaged. Most employees feel underappreciated. Most employees do not…
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