The recent findings surrounding workplace engagement are absolutely staggering.
In the last 5 years, there have been countless studies that prove the value of actively engaging employees, like this one from the Institute from Employment Studies: A 1% increase in employee engagement can generate a 9% bump in Sales. Or this one from Mental Health America: Disengaged workers cause massive losses in productivity – between $450 and $500 billion a year.
Actively engaged employees are what you need if you want to increase your bottom line and keep everyone happy in the process.
It's taken us a long time to get to the conclusion that engagement was important, and even longer to identify how to create it.
So just how do you make your employees fitter, happier, more productive, comfortable? - did Radiohead have it right?
For us, the answer came from a totally unexpected place.
Nearly 4 years ago here at Engagement Unlimited we were transitioning from a company that mostly created unique entertainment and brand activations to one that looked critically at teams, at meeting structure, at education and networking.
We wanted to connect people in new and exciting ways that would change the world.
We wanted to transform team energy from disjointed, frustrated, competitive and negative to joyful, collaborative, creative and positive.
In fact, we believed so much in the power of engagement that we had actually changed the name of our company to reflect our commitment to it.
There were two main inspirations behind how we started to see our clients transform through this power of engagement. Two totally unexpected and beautiful inspirations that we believe can get you to that 1% bump in engagement and make your teams and meetings MAGIC.
These inspirations came out of RFPs (Request For Proposals) we wrote for OURSELVES - to create the transformational outcomes we wanted for our participants. How we wanted them to ACT and how we wanted them to FEEL after working with us:
What we kept being drawn to over and over again was Children + Play.
If you want to increase engagement in the workplace, look to how children view the world and look to how play factors into that view.
Every program we create, every engagement strategy, inspirational keynote, team building workshop - everything we do is rooted in this belief.
Because in childhood curiosity and exploration are rewarded.
Asking questions is encouraged.
Creating new worlds is an every day adventure.
Playfulness sparks the imagination, feeds the soul, and keeps us happy.
Roger's most successful, internationally celebrated keynote is called The Power of Play.
There is immense value in creating a framework for engagement by looking at how a child views the world, and how play factors into that.
Creating actively engaged teams is no different that accepting that moving through life with childlike curiosity and the exploration play gives us is the best way to be.
So think about how you can implement these ideas into your workplace right away. Simple changes like holding walking meetings, celebrating small successes, and practicing daily gratitude can make a huge difference.
Implementing structured team building programs like Playschool Playscapes that give back to your community, or hosting a retreat aimed at creating a roadmap for everyone's success are more formal ways to get the ball rolling.
With all of that in mind, how does your workplace foster active engagement right now? Do you value play and curiosity, or do you suppress these ideas in favour of automation, siloing, and competition?
As the data above has shown us, you can't afford to get left behind when it comes to creating and maintaining engagement in 2018.