As we begin 2018, it’s a great time to reflect what we would like to accomplish in the year ahead and how we will get there.  With this in mind, we would like to share some workplace trends around employee engagement for you to consider as you put 2018 plans together.

  • Gamification has become a powerful tool to motivate employees and drive engagement across an organization.  According to Gartner, “While gamification isn't the only path to increased engagement, businesses that leverage this opportunity effectively can drive substantial increases in revenue. The top 20 percent of major firms in terms of engagement average 250 percent higher revenue growth than their peers.”  Look to books such as Gamify: How Gamification Motivates People to Do Extraordinary Things by Brian Burke, Gartner VP of Research to get practical advice on how to implement gamification in the workplace.
  • Many companies give employees the opportunity to work virtually, but there are clear benefits to bringing work teams together.  Working with peers in person has been shown to improve employee mood and motivation as it enables greater collaboration.  In today’s global market, working in person is not always possible, so look to exciting alternatives such as virtual reality and augmented reality which are poised to transform the workplace and increase productivity.  In the meantime, ensure you are leveraging business meeting best practices to optimize your company meetings.

  • Personal Development has been shown to yield significantly high NetAffect scores, perhaps because employees desire meaningful work.  Provide employees with opportunities to pursue one of their interests, whether it is learning a new skill, taking a training class or something less work-related.  No matter the pursuit, the new learnings and motivation will be evident at the office.

  • Employee engagement is not one-size-fits-all.  In fact it is personal and subjective to each and every employee.  This is why it’s important for companies to invest in understanding how employees live their work and what is important to them.  Without this knowledge, there is little chance for improvement to employee engagement.  This is an area where Workrise can help; to gain insight into the lived experiences of employees to then make impactful changes to the organization.

Happy New Year!

The Workrise Team