Bank holiday | How can HR keep staff engaged?

How can HR keep staff engaged?

With the Bank Holiday weekend upon us, many employees will be enjoying their last day off work before returning to work for a four-day week.

While some employees will be putting their feet up on the sofa, others will have to continue working over the Bank Holiday.

To ensure that employee engagement and productivity doesn’t take a hit, HR Grapevine has collated three tips for people professionals:

Organise after-work drinks

After a busy day, it is important that staff have something to look forward to such as after-work drinks (even if this is remote).

Therefore, organising an activity after work, of course ensuring that social distancing measures are adhered to, could be a good way to keep staff motivated throughout the working day.

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With many employees cooped up indoors throughout the pandemic, it is clear that social interactions with colleagues have been greatly missed.

In fact, recent research from CIPHR found that 51% are most excited about after-work drinks with colleagues when they return to work.

Set mini targets

Setting mini targets and encouraging a healthy level of competition could be a good way to keep staff engaged.

For example, the person to make the most calls in a day could win a box of chocolates or the person to deliver the best presentation wins a voucher of their choice.

Little incentives like this could help staff keep motivated throughout the day and will likely better their workplace performance.

Relax dress codes

Whether employees are working from a central workspace or remotely, HR teams should consider relaxing dress codes to help people feel more comfortable.

In fact, a study from Stormline found that 61% of employees are more productive when workplace dress codes are relaxed.

In addition to this, 61% of jobseekers in 2017 said that they would have a negative perception of any employer that enforced a dress code, Recruitment International reported.

Do you have any tips for keeping staff engaged when working through a bank holiday? Let us know in the comments below…

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