59 Awesome Employee Engagement Ideas & Activities for 2018 (Plus 10 New Bonus Ideas)

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59 Awesome Employee Engagement Ideas & Activities for 2018 (Plus 10 New Bonus Ideas). Free bonus: Download this entire list as a PDF. Easily save it on your computer for quick reference or print it for future company meetings. Includes 5 bonus ideas not found in this post.

my boss keeps touching my hand, the point of bonuses, and more

Ask a Manager

Most of the time I think that he does it to get my attention, although lately he seems to be doing it more often. One afternoon, he grasped my fingers in both of his hands – he was asking me to do something, but he then held on to my fingers for a strangely long time. My work is project-based and I work on five or six projects at any given time. What’s the point of giving bonuses? Please explain to me the point of bonuses in the workplace.

Meeting Your Employees Where They Are When It Comes to Pay Transparency

Compensation Today

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the Gainsight Pulse Customer Success Conference in Oakland. In order to meet someone where they are, we first need to understand where that is. What is the pay schedule and when are bonuses or incentives measured and paid out?

Cafe Classic: Unions, Recognition and Employee Engagement

Compensation Cafe

Derek splits his time between Dublin and Boston. Incentives/Bonuses Pay for Performance Recognition

Fair Pay, Differentiated Rewards

Compensation Cafe

Jacque Vilet , a fellow Café blogger and international HR expert, offered several good ideas for recognizing that top 10% without relying on the tropes of failed merit increases: “Have a VP hold small group meetings with them and appreciation and also "tap" their ideas for improvement.

my boss refused to send a dying coworker flowers, people keep stealing food for meetings, and more

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The next time you’re talking with your manager, I’d bring it up again. People keep stealing food meant for meetings they’re not attending. We have a number of conference rooms in our large building that various departments book, and often order catered meals for the meetings they hold. This morning, the breakfast ordered for a group was consumed almost entirely before those actually attending the meeting arrived. It’s five answers to five questions.

12 Powerful Tips to Build an Employee Recognition Culture

EmployeeConnect

HR departments, which are challenged to recruit and retain the best people, are the prime movers for implementing a recognition culture that motivates and rewards employees them with essential psychological rewards that extend far beyond material incentives. The best strategy is to back-up verbal praise by publicising employee accomplishments across multiple forums such as company newsletters, team meetings, company whiteboards and other media.

job candidate called me four times in one day, coworker might be deliberately undermining my work, and more

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Job candidate called me four times in one day. I then had a meeting with my boss and he gave me a task to prioritize over everything else. To be fair, I don’t like ignoring people when I’ve initiated the conversation, but today is just one of those days where I didn’t have time to pause and didn’t want to break my focus on this project. Called you four times in a single day? It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

getting appreciation right

O.C. Tanner

On 2nd March 2018, United Airlines President Scott Kirby attempted to spice up the life of his employees by introducing a new bonus scheme. This scheme took away the performance incentive program that awarded workers up to $375 for each quarter that the airline met operational goals.

Great ideas to prevent employees from clocking in for one another: A guest post

OmegaHR Solutions

There are many ways to prevent time clock abuse. Nearly US$400 million is lost to time clock abuse in the US annually. Buddy punching is a rampant kind of time theft that is practiced across all industries in the world. GPS time tracking. Hold regular meetings.

Classifying Employees Under New FLSA Overtime Rule

ExactHire HR Trends

Maintain “exempt” status and salary, but adjust job duties to meet more stringent duties test. Here, the employer will have to calculate the cost of time and a half for those 20 hours of overtime each week. Notify of time tracking responsibilities and expectations.

Ways to reward and recognize your employees this Labor Day

PeopleStrategy

You can meet those four qualifications in many different ways. SHRM noted that five-year increments are common lengths of time for such rewards. They are being rewarded for achieving benchmarks of success during that time.

Non-Monetary Ideas for Employee Recognition

DATIS

Additional monetary bonuses and benefits may not be on the table to keep motivation at an all-time-high, so what exactly can your organization do to keep the company culture intact and employees engaged? Fortunately, monetary incentives are not the only way to keep your employees motivated. By creating weekly department meetings, you can allow workers to feel important with what they are doing for the company.

3 Tips to Boost Job Referrals from Your Current Employees

Hireology

To boost hiring fair attendance, offer your team incentives. For example, if you currently offer a referral bonus, increase the amount for referrals who attend the career fair and get hired. Set up meetings to discuss referrals.

The 7 Elements of an Unforgettable Employee Experience

EmployeeConnect

New employees should understand the rules but also have flexible options for determining things like lunch plans, preferred office materials, what’s acceptable for personalisation of work spaces and any outside activities to which they’re welcome to attend. Creating an open environment, holding team meetings, seeking feedback from employees and demonstrating transparency go a long way toward engaging workers and creating a great employee experience.

Top 10 HR Best Practices to build Better Workplaces in 2020

CuteHR

These areas include employment and selection, training for better skills and development, transparency, benefits for employees, employee incentives, compensation and evaluations, and terminations. Performance-based bonuses.

Women in Leadership: #BalanceforBetter

Ultimate Software

Director of Human Resources, SafeStreets USA , graciously took time after the event to answer the audience questions we didn’t have time to address. That aside, you will be remembered as someone committed to solutions the next time they need ideas.

10 Rules for Employee Retention Your Competition Will Hate

Insperity

All the time and money you spent hiring, training and growing your people suddenly becomes a gift to your competition. One reason Michael Jordan is regarded as arguably the best basketball player of all time is because of his lack of fear during crunch time.

The Best Features of a High-Performance Engagement and Retention Strategy

CakeHR

At the same time, businesses of all kinds have started to struggle with employee engagement. Fixing the problem requires a systemic approach that changes the whole equation for employees, providing incentives to stay when the labor environment gives them every reason to leave.

How to Give Your Employees a Raise Using the FLSA Overtime Rule Amendment

ConnecTeam

Employees covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) must receive overtime pay for hours worked in excess of 40 in a workweek of at least one and one-half times their regular rates of pay. Inclusion of non-discretionary bonuses and incentive payments.

Inside Workable: Scaling a sales team successfully

Workable

And, then, do the same a couple more times throughout the year, as their plan was to hire a total of 50 new employees in 2019. But, if you’re a hiring manager and need to grow your team fast while maintaining your regular workload at the same time, the burden can be heavier. When you’re scaling a sales team fast, the key, according to Athina, is to have an intake meeting at the beginning of the hiring process. But sometimes you need to give them an extra incentive.

The Art of the Employee Referral: a complete guide with tips and examples

Workable

In many cases, when your coworkers refer someone they know, they can already vouch for that person and make sure that this person meets the minimum requirements for the role. This is a hint it’s time to look into new candidate sources – such as referrals from current employees.

Why Appreciating and Rewarding Employees is More Important Than Ever

Empxtrack

A simple thing, such as a shout out in a team meeting or a company-wide email to acknowledge good work or a personal call for appreciation, goes a long way. Employers often offer variable pay incentives to recognize employee efforts. In fact, performance based bonus encourages the workforce to achieve their performance goals and contribute towards team expectations. Now, the time is changing and employers can’t afford to lose top talent.

Inside Workable: Scaling a sales team successfully

Workable

And, then, do the same a couple more times throughout the year, as their plan was to hire a total of 50 new employees in 2019. But, if you’re a hiring manager and need to grow your team fast while maintaining your regular workload at the same time, the burden can be heavier.

Need Health Fair Ideas for Your Employees? This Guide Has You Covered

SnackNation

Go through your essentials and nice-to-have lists and find people and companies in your area to meet those needs. Make an informational PDF or even just a short blurb that includes: Dates, times, and locations. How many employees will attend the health fair.

Employee Turnover: The Most Common Myths/Misconceptions

Clarity Wave

A bonus or compensatory time off as a reward for extra effort on extensive projects always builds morale. Communications can be by e-mails, formal and informal meetings, and one-on-one conversations. (4)

5 Tips to Supercharge Your Employee Referral Program

Yello

You post high-priority positions on your company’s intranet, offer employee referral bonuses and cross your fingers employees will refer friends and former co-workers, but your referral pipeline remains nearly empty. Attend a standing meeting of the hiring team to introduce yourself, share a quick overview of the role and encourage team members to submit referrals. As the empty position may create additional work, the hiring team often has more incentive to fill the role.

10 Rules for Employee Retention Your Competition will Hate

Insperity

All the time and money you spent hiring, training and growing your people suddenly becomes a gift to your competition. One reason Michael Jordan is regarded as arguably the best basketball player of all time is because of his lack of fear during crunch time. Winners want the ball during crunch time. Consider productivity-based metrics that focus on your employees’ ability to meet deadlines. Encourage them to attend classes, webinars and conventions.

Don’t Forget These Seven Things to Prep Your Employees for a Trade Show or Event

FingerCheck

It may however, be time to rethink that strategy, especially if you have a remote workforce telecommuting from other cities, states, or even countries. That being said, trade shows, professional mixers, and similar events can be incredibly intimidating for first-time participants.

16 Workplace Wellness Challenge Ideas to Try at the Office

Rise

For this challenge, reward team members by giving every employee who walks or bikes a small incentive for each day they do it, and upon completion of the challenge, give gift cards for a local athletic outfitter. That leaves one lunch open for “cheat days” or lunch meetings.

How to source candidates: An FAQ guide

Workable

How much time should I spend on sourcing? Recruiters who source candidates: Reduce time-to-fill , as they have already conducted an initial screening of candidates’ skills. Position themselves to meet long-term recruiting goals (e.g. How much time should I spend on sourcing?

A new business paradigm

Bersin with Deloitte

Let me briefly highlight the trends here (in order of urgency from the research), and I encourage you to read the whole report, download the app, and attend one of our webinars highlighting the research. the same time, we still live in a world that highly values youth.

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20 Simple Reasons Your Top Performers Quit

Bonusly

The SAP / Oxford Economics study found that employees value competitive compensation, merit-based rewards, retirement plans, training, flexible work locations and schedules, vacation time, family benefits, education, and personal recognition from higher ups.

I negotiated and was told not to make it weird, my coworker stole people’s credit cards, and more

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She did want me to work on a path towards a performance-based bonus program so that my very new department could be considered for performance incentives, which is something I’d expressed interest in, so I don’t think she was upset. At the time of negotiations, HR (very politely) scoffed at me asking if I was being considered for an AD role because of my experience (at that time it was seven years of industry experience, four years in the function).

Recruiting on a budget? 5 Low-Cost Ways to Hire Talented Employees

RiseSmart

Inexpensive examples of appropriate incentives may include offering an extra day of PTO or providing a retail gift card. Your future employees are attending industry events and networking through LinkedIn and other digital apps trying to find you.

Examining Relationship Based Physician Recruitment

Hospital Recruiting

Recruitment Planning— Before starting a physician search, all stakeholders–typically facility administrator, recruiters, and hiring physicians—should agree on position description, critical success factors, requirements and qualifications, and compensation and incentives (e.g.

my mom won’t stop bugging me with work questions, a dog in a wedding dress, and more

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At the time, I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my career and I needed the insurance and a higher wage, so I accepted the offer despite my knowing it was ultimately going to be a bad situation. I would understand if it was a question about where some information was, but when she calls me on a Friday afternoon on my way home from my current job asking if I could stop by the office and help her create a PowerPoint for a big meeting, it feels like she is crossing a boundary.