What factor is most important when it comes to employee engagement? Do you think it’s salary? Maybe relationships with peers? Findings from this study by the Society of Human Resource Management and Globoforce found that HR manager see supervisor appreciation as a strong motivator:
Appreciation from a direct supervisor is considered is one of the top perceived drivers of employee engagement. So what are your direct supervisors doing to show appreciation? Here are some ideas:
- Take ‘em to lunch: Your employees are people too! They love (or hate) sushi, go on long runs over the weekend, and watch hundreds of hours of t-ball. Get to know these things about them! It shows you care about each employee as a person.
- Offer new professional opportunities: The #2 driver of engagement is the opportunity to advance. Show you have faith by giving employees new responsibilities and projects. Give them clear objectives and support them as they reach for these goals.
- Flexible work schedule: Show your employees you trust them. Letting them adjust their hours as they need—take the kids to school, drop the dog of at doggie daycare—shows you trust them to get the job done, even if it’s not 9 to 5.
- Bring food for company meetings: It’s hard to get anything done when you’re hangry. Bringing treats to company meetings gives employees a little something to look forward to. It’s a nice extra effort that makes team gatherings pleasant and shows you care about shared time.
- Say something nice, in public: Public recognition brings an employee’s performance front and center. Don’t be afraid to tell other colleagues about the great work he or she did.
All that said, recognition shouldn't just be limited to the supervisor-employee relationship. Employees work with peers across teams and departments. Enabling peer-to-peer employee recognition is a great way to supplement supervisor recognition. Employees get high-fives for helping each other out, a perfect way to regularly receive appreciation and bump up engagement.
Try out the Cheers for Peers tool in TINYpulse, or another recognition system. You'll find your team really enjoys these extra boosts of positive energy.