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Five Ideas to Boost Employee Engagement This Halloween

With Halloween just a moment away, it won’t be long before mysterious creatures roam your company in the form of disengaged employees. Luckily, creating a healthy work environment and utilising the right employee benefits program can drive away these creatures and bring back your beloved employees.

As an employer or human resources professional, it’s your responsibility to notice which employees physically show up at work yet do the bare minimum. Failing to spot disengaged employees could make your company a scary place to be whether on All Hallows’ Eve or any other day.

The fact that employee disengagement costs businesses in the United Kingdom (UK) billions of pounds every year is enough to make you scream. Fret not! In this Pacific Prime UK article, we offer five employee engagement strategies to make this Halloween less spooky than ever.

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1. Create a Culture of Appreciation

Creating a culture of appreciation at work is one effective way to form a more level playing field. You can encourage your employees to show appreciation more regularly through shoutouts on the intranet and honourable mentions during meetings.

Employees who are passionate supporters of your mission are vital when it comes to improving the employee experience. Those with big egos will put their own needs before those of the group. Essentially, they’re far from team players and are unlikely to appreciate, or even recognise, their peers.

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2. Give Credit Where Its Due

If your office has an employee who is always after what someone else has and never seems to be satisfied, making it clear that favouritism plays no part in employee recognition can help prevent them from squirming in their seats or rolling their eyes when anyone else gets praised.

Managers need to be able to give credit where it is due without worrying about how others will take it. However, there are ways to go about it to promote unity and avoid conflict, such as:

  • Set clear expectations
  • Offer consistent and regular recognition
  • Acknowledge those who do their jobs well
  • Focus more on the action than the individual
  • Keep track of participation

3. Build a Culture of Champions

Some employees seem to take pleasure in bringing their teammates down. They are the ones who rain on other peoples’ parades and steal the moments of recognition to them. Don’t let the length of employment fool you when it comes to employee engagement as the two do not always correlate.

You’re going to need a culture of champions to restore balance and root for your initiatives. Champions are a group of individuals who will help uplift others in your company. They show up to work as the best versions of themselves and strive to help improve the employee experience.

By cultivating a culture of champions, you can keep your employees motivated and encourage employees to work together as a group to reach your goals.

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4. Prove That Employee Recognition Works

New initiatives are often met with some resistance and scepticism. Some people want proof that something will work before giving it a go. For example, let’s say you’re planning on using a new employee reward and recognition programme. Responses might be along the lines of:

  • Recognition isn’t even genuine, so why should I bother?
  • Recognition doesn’t matter, so what will come out of it?
  • My colleague’s daily actions aren’t worth my recognition.

Designing and launching a new recognition programme takes time and effort, so it’s important that people use it. Show the naysayers that the programme will provide value by helping create a stronger and more effective workforce made up of engaged employees.

5. Celebrate Halloween in the Workplace

No list of employee activities for Halloween would be complete without something to celebrate the occasion. The annual holiday can be incorporated into most workplaces and is an opportunity for employees to develop camaraderie with their coworkers and enjoy a break from their regular tasks.

While you’ll have to choose Halloween company activities that are suitable for your workforce, some popular ideas include:

  • Office decorations
  • Team costumes
  • Costume contest and parade
  • Party games
  • Office party

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Make the Most of Your Employee Benefits

A bonus tip to boost your employee engagement is to make sure that your employee benefits can really benefit your employees and that they make the most out of your employee benefits plan. Having the right plan can make your employees feel supported and reduce turnover rates.

If you’d like to find out more about selecting the right employee benefits in the UK, contact our experts at Pacific Prime for the best solutions for your needs and budget.

As a leading employee benefits specialist and health insurance broker, Pacific Prime partners with employee benefits providers in the UK and globally to offer group health insurance, corporate health insurance, and so much more.

Get a free quote or plan comparison today!

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Content Writer at Pacific Prime Thailand
Natthachamon Suthana Komalrachun is a Content Writer with a strong passion in creative writing and marketing communications. Working with the team of experienced creators at Pacific Prime, she aims to use the magic of communication to simplify insurance and enchant every reader in our diverse society where insurance and employee benefits act as a life and financial stronghold for everyone—individuals and businesses alike.

After graduating at the top of her class and earning her Bachelor’s Degree in English from Thammasat University, Natthachamon has been practicing her writing skills and making education more easily accessible for Thai children as an Educational Content Creator and English Curriculum Developer for various educational facilities and organizations across the country.

Natthachamon is also a mother of two cats, a board game enthusiast, and a big bookworm who enjoys everything and anything sweet.
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