Pizza parties, birthday celebrations, employee of the month, flex time, telecommuting and many more programs are pushed in today’s workplace. And where has it all gotten us…nowhere. More than $720 million is spent on engagement and we still have low engagement levels (Bersin 2012). According to the Center for American Progress, $64 billion is lost annually to workplace discrimination; a sign that employee engagement is low and inclusion is absent.
Don’t get me wrong. I love cake, casual days in the summer, and a gift card just as much as others do. But all of these things are programmatic. Programs don’t produce significant results and even when they do the results are not sustainable.
Companies must do a 180 turn when it comes to engagement. Engagement is about relationships, emotions and connections. Here are five ingredients needed to create more engagement:
If you want to create sustainable engagement, let your people belong to something that is bigger than themselves where they can grow while making a difference while helping to create a better product or service in the process.