Fostering employee engagement is key for creating a productive office environment.
So whether you have a large or small workforce, making your employees feel valued and engaged isn't something you should overlook.
If you don't know where to start, hone in on what helps employees feel more engaged: communication. There are many apps and tools out there that simplify the communication process for your team (especially if you have remote workers). Messaging apps like Slack allow employees to talk, share and strategize no matter where they are, while regularly surveying your employees with tools like Culture Amp lets them know that you care about their satisfaction.
We asked 10 entrepreneurs from YEC to weigh in on the tools they use to increase engagement around the office. Their best answers are below:
We use Trello at the office. Everybody has an account and is familiarized with it from day one. I find that it helps increase employee productivity and engagement. After a getting used to it, Trello is fun to use and serves as a community hub or water cooler, if you will. - Charles Moscoe, SkinCare.net
We use 15Five to check in weekly with everyone on any pain points, wins, frustrations, goals, etc. Twice a year, we also survey our employees on their career satisfaction. It's very transparent and allows our direct support team to be looped in on everything regarding their team. - John Hall, Influence & Co.
In the office, we use Slack to stay connected and engaged. It's a quick way to share files, reach everyone at once, and hold private conversations. Being able to create multiple channels is very helpful when a team needs to strategize for a client. Slack is also extremely convenient and allows employees to give the office a heads up if they're working from home or delayed on their way to work. - Shalyn Dever, Chatter Buzz
iDoneThis is our favorite employee engagement tool. It's simple. Reply to one evening email with what you got done that day. The next morning, your team receives a recap of what everyone did. Reflecting on personal growth daily is a wonderful way to see ourselves and our company improving, which we feel leads to a more engaged team. - Brett Farmiloe, Markitors
The best way to get employees to collaborate and engage is through a project management software like Teamwork. Teamwork is fantastic for a lot of reasons, but mostly because in today's remote work environment, cloud-based software like Teamwork allows you to engage and collaborate as if you were in one centralized location. - Kristopher Jones, LSEO.com
Skype is a useful tool that has helped me reach out to staff for long or short chats depending on the amount of time we each have. These regular one-on-one conversations really help me to get to know them and gives them the ability to reach me at any time. I've seen engagement go up just from these conversations because they see I'm interested in them as people and staff members. - John Rampton, Due
7. Culture Amp
Culture Amp is a great employee engagement survey tool. It has a sleek, easy-to-use interface both on desktop and mobile that made it easy for our employees to fill it out on the fly. They also have good templates that you can customize around core metrics. - Adelyn Zhou, TOPBOTS
To save time, my team uses the voice recording feature of WhatsApp. It allows us to convey emotion in our responses, have proof of what tasks people were asked to do, and save each other's responses easily. Leaving a voice message is simple, especially for long answers. WhatsApp allows us to send photos, documents and have this "semi-call" experience that is perfect for increased engagement. - Daisy Jing, Banish
We use Twitter to post stories about our company, industry and clients to show employees the interesting things that are going on. This gives them a common topic of discussion that brings them closer. Try it to see if it works for you. - Piyush Jain, SIMpalm
10. Company-Wide Wiki
We use a company wiki to document all of our ideas, processes and product specs. It’s great because it keeps everyone up to date on what needs to be done. You can tag team members on projects that they are needed on, and you can get email notifications when changes are made in the wiki. That, paired with a summary of our weekly team meetings, helps make sure that everyone is on the same page. - Brian David Crane, Caller Smart Inc.
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