HR managers can agree that employee engagement and retention is at the top of their priority list.

Every company wants to attract and keep the best talent.

The problem?

Many employees in today’s job market quickly feel uninspired by their work, get bored after 2 years and start job hunting for something new.

So we decided to speak with some of the best HR professionals and business leaders around the country to find the strategies they recommend to keep employees engaged. There are also some tips below that have been really successful at our company.

Here are 59 employee engagement ideas that you should apply at your office.

1. Offer healthier options at your workplace
2. Align your company with a purpose
3. Get your health and wellness program in order
4. Give your people “inside” information
5. Celebrate personal wins
6. Emphasize work-life balance
7. Praise your coworkers
8. Bring in an in-office motivational speaker
9. Have more fun
10. Stand for something your team can be proud of
11. Send out an employee survey to get honest feedback
12. Find out what your team members are passionate about
13. Promote perks that boost mental and physical wellbeing
14. Ditch the Cubicles
15. Provide ongoing coaching and training
16. Open consistent lines of communication
17. Capture the magic of your team’s “I’s”
18. Make sure new hires get to know the whole team
19. Show employees how their job advances the company’s vision
20. Allow employees to move laterally within the organization
21. Give your employees more responsibility, not just more tasks to do
22. Know your company culture and hire by it
23. Encourage volunteering
24. Celebrate your team
25. Hold office hours
26. Build more trust 
27. Send out some Monday Motivation
28. Create a roadmap to achieve professional goals
29. Incentivize goals
30. Have a weekly food day
31. Take weekly song requests
32. Let someone else lead weekly meetings
33. Start a learning club
34. Start a newsletter
35. Ban emails for a day
36. Show them the “people” results of their work
37. Always act on feedback
38. Consider Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
39. Use Glassdoor to your advantage
40. Let them experience a day in the life of…
41. Bring in a specialist
42. Engage employees through gamification
43. Let them ditch a task
44. Stop before you start
45. Demonstrate genuine care
46. Have completely open brainstorms
47. Have problem-solving meetings
48. Give them ownership of event planning
49. Start an office design committee
50. Define what employee engagement means for your company
51. Put someone in the hot seat
52. Have show and tell
53. Get employees involved in long-term projects
54. Set ground rules for emotional intelligence
55. Talk to them about their schedules
56. Believe in the power of explanation
57. Offer points for taking work-related open source courses
58. Start a “distracted” jar
59. Start a “vent” box

When you focus more attention on engaging your employees, the results are higher productivity, better retention rates and improvements in organizational success across the board. Now it’s your turn to take these simple ideas and put them into practice at your office.

What activities has your company used to increase employee engagement? Let us know in the comments below.



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