Keeping Your Teams Engaged

Written by Michelle Mook on . Posted in Sunflower Diaries

Keeping your team engaged has never been more challenging. We have been faced with change on a scale that we’ve never experienced before, at a pace out of our control which has had the impact of fundamentally changing what we do and how we do it.

Keeping teams engaged can be easily done if we keep our focus on the people. In times of change though, it is easy to be so focused on strategy and planning, the people aspects can get lost.

So, we say keeping people engaged has never been more challenging but can be easy! Here are just a few ideas that businesses in our region are doing:

Connect with people – say hello in the morning, walk around the office or shop floor and make a point of saying hello and asking people how they are. Operating virtually? Have a zoom catch up to say hi and check in.

Share the vision – let people know what the vision is as this might have changed recently and share how what they do contributes to the bigger picture.

Keep people informed – communicate with people so they feel informed about various aspects of the business and check in with them, to make sure there is a common understanding of the message.

Train, empower and trust – Give people the skills they need to do a great job, and empower and trust them to deliver.

Recognise contribution – Stop and notice what people are contributing and share with them difference they are making to you, the team, and the business.

Have some fun! – virtual quizzes, cook-a-longs, coffee mornings and fizz nights! These are all things companies in our region are doing to keep their team connected.

Some great examples of engagement activities which are helping to make Yorkshire and the Humber a place to work that we can be proud of.

If, like us, you are passionate about employee engagement in our region, we would love to invite you to the launch of our first ever Engage for Success Yorkshire and Humber event on 21st April 2021 from 2-4pm. This will be an online event where we will be joined by the founders of Engage for Success, David MacLeod and Nita Clarke and hearing direct from them about the movement and how it has evolved over the years. Come along to find out more and how you can get more involved.

Click here to book your place

We are also pleased to be able to offer 40% ESF funding for much of the work we do if you are an SME in our region. if you would like to contact us for a chat about how we can help you with engagement in your business or how to access the funding, either email or call us on 01904 628838.

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