Keeping employees motivated and engaged is one of the toughest challenges for an entrepreneur. Work pressures can be frustrating, and professional setbacks can be demotivating. Ensuring your employees feel motivated and appreciated is essential to employee satisfaction and retention.

There are several methods for increasing employee satisfaction and feelings of belonging. Developing team-building activities, weekly or monthly happy hours, and employee recognition programs can make employees feel special and keep them involved with the organization. 

Employees that feel recognized and rewarded for hard work will often go the extra mile, putting in more hours on projects and working with team members to develop new strategies for organizational growth. They learn new skills and build new friendships with remote coworkers through these activities. This spirit of togetherness can go a long way in helping them communicate and resolve conflicts together.

Ways to keep employees engaged:

Cooking workshops: Food brings people together. Whether it’s a feast at a family dinner or finger food at a party, people love food. Planning cooking workshops for your employees will use food as a way to team build while teaching employees to think creatively and solve problems. Each employee may take on and fulfill a specific role in some workshops. Other team members will count on them to prepare a dish, slice ingredients, and follow recipes. You may also use this opportunity to determine which employees take charge or fail to listen to directions. 

Recognition programs: These can be organized throughout the year to celebrate significant achievements, employee career milestones, birthdays, and service recognitions. They must be timely, holistic, and meaningful. If you invest time and attention to detail into employee recognition programs, your employees will appreciate it. 

Happy Hour: Happy hour is a fun after-work event in a bar or restaurant where coworkers can get together, unwind and relax. Great drinks, finger foods, good conversation, and games wash away the stress of long hours and hard work. It gives team members a chance to learn more about one another and helps coworkers to deepen the bonds they will need when difficult decisions need to be made in the workplace. 

Organizing Happy Hour events for staff members indicates that you understand the importance of work-life balance, show recognition for their hard work, and respect your team as a unit.

Team-building activities: Businesses should arrange team-building activities to boost employee engagement and productivity. Whether it’s Bingo sessions online, scavenger hunts, or wine-tasting workshops, there are many entertaining ways to get everyone involved. Team-building activities unite everyone and teach new skills, which will benefit the workplace.

Reach out to Rockoly to help you plan these different activities to keep your employees engaged. This will offer them a break from the mundane chores at the workplace and allow them to discover happiness in new things, including learning to make a pizza from scratch or brushing up their knowledge about different kinds of wines.

For more ideas Rockoly is always happy to help your team connect through Virtual Team Building Cooking Classes, Wine-Tastings or Virtual Happy Hours.

Nicola Killops

Nicola Killops

Nicola is a former teacher and lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. She now writes full-time, with her partner, Justin. Nicola loves food, music, travel, and is a proud human and pet mom.