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2018 Employee Engagement Checklist & Calendar


INTRODUCTION

Why Employee Engagement Matters Employees who are engaged are emotionally committed to your organization and its goals, meaning they genuinely care about their job and go above and beyond the call of duty.

Engaged employees are more productive and innovative (not just happier), while also being less likely to leave their job. Organizations with engaged employees outperform others by 202%.1

Return on Investment of Employee Engagement Companies with employee engagement programs achieve 26% greater year-over-year increase in annual company revenue, compared to those who do not have formal programs.2 Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work winners outperformed the S&P 500 by 122% between 2009 and 2014.3 Nearly nine in ten executives rated employee engagement as a top priority for their companies.4 Engaged employees are much less likely to leave their job, which saves your organization time and money (the average cost-per-hire is more than $4,000).3 Actively disengaged employees cost up to $605 billion in lost productivity each year.4

Sources: 1 Dale Carnegie, 2016; 2 Aberdeen, October 2015; 3 Glassdoor Economic Research, 2015; 4 Deloitte, Global Human Capital Trends 2016, February 2016; 5 Bersin by Deloitte Talent Acquisition, Facebook 2015; 6 Gallup, 2013

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Foster Transparency Hold company huddles, where updates are provided and leaders answer employee questions. Request feedback from new and tenured employees with regular satisfaction surveys and solicit Glassdoor reviews. Respond to positive and negative reviews.

62%

of Glassdoor users agree their perception of a company improves after seeing an employer respond to a review.1

Facilitate communication at all stages of an employee’s journey and create channels for employee feedback to make them feel heard and valued — critical ingredients of successful employee engagement. Involve your CEO, who when armed with information about what’s really going on inside the company, can make better decisions on behalf of staff, thereby increasing employee engagement and ultimately, the bottom line.

Source: 1 Glassdoor US Site Survey, January 2016

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Support Your Mission Develop a clear and succinct mission statement, something anyone in your company can understand and explain. Implement a health and wellness program designed to improve employees’ quality of life — also guaranteed to boost productivity and save your company money. Promote life-work balance with policies and practices, such as flex time and unlimited annual leave, that support your employees’ most pressing needs. Provide ongoing coaching and training, which will make employees feel inspired, supported, confident, motivated and excited. Give employees paid volunteer time, which means you are investing not only in your own workforce, but also in the community you work in. Celebrate company anniversaries as an opportunity to recognize individual and team achievements. Recognize personal wins and take the time to say thank you, which may be the most cost-effective way to boost employee motivation and productivity.

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Provide Avenues for Career Growth Have your managers check in with employees regularly about performance, at least every month. • Provide regular formal and informal feedback, with small in-the-moment commentary and deeper strategic meetings. • Engagement goes both ways, so managers should ask their employees about ways that the upper levels can improve, and how they can best support their employees.

Help your employees develop and incorporate their personal growth into your overarching organizational goals. • Consider internal for opportunities, as their institutional knowledge can be very valuable. • If your employee is exploring a new career path, provide a transparent analysis of the specific job qualifications required for a position in a different department.

Develop new talent through internship programs, and make the most of it by offering a career path where available.

Provide Emotional Intelligence (EQ) Training.1 There are four Core EQ Skills:

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Self-awareness lets you accurately perceive your emotions and stay aware of them as they happen.

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Social awareness lets you use your self-awareness to stay flexible and focus on positive behavior.

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Self-management lets you accurately understand emotions in other people.

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Relationship management uses self- and social awareness to manage interactions successfully.

Source: 1 Travis Bradberry, Emotional Intelligence 2.0, 2009

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Celebrate Employees Create a new employee spotlight newsletter. Reach out before the first day with a fun questionnaire of new employees’ favorite things, and then send out an email to help break the ice with their new co-workers. Celebrate employee milestones such as birthdays or work anniversaries on a wall, a bulletin board, or in a section of your HRIS.

Foster recognition at all levels at your company-wide meetings. • Tie individual employee recognition to objective metrics to avoid having your recognition programs turn into a popularity contest. • Recognize full teams for team accomplishments with lunch or small gifts.

Connect remote employees to your team culture. • Stream company meetings to remote employees. • Schedule recurring in-office get-togethers for remote workers to have important human interaction with their teammates.

Develop an inclusive company culture. • Support working families of all kinds with a Bring Your Child to Work Day or Working Parents Day. • Go deeper with your cultural celebrations throughout the year and ask for input from employees who share the culture being celebrated.

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Launch Wellness Initiatives Set activity-based fitness challenges, such as team step-counting or minutes of physical activity. Organize intramural sports, whether with an official league or with impromptu games in the park. Offer healthy snacks to help your employees bond, retain your top talent, and keep up your employees focused throughout the day. Coordinate with a local gym or other fitness programs to offer your employees discounts or rebates.

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Monthly Tasks and Reminders: Employee Satisfaction Survey; Questions to Ask: What are your work goals for 2018? What would you like to build on? What would you like to change or improve?

Monthly Manager Check-Ins; Questions to Ask:

Holidays and Events:

Looking back at your 2-3 top priorities over the last 30 days, what progress did you make?

January 8: Clean Off Your Desk Day A fun ‘cleaning party’ with refreshments: Encourage employees to clear out desks, cupboards and refrigerator and offer prizes for best transformation.

Over the last month, what did you learn from your work and from any other development experiences (classes, self-study, etc.)? Did you gain any new insights into your strengths? Did you gain any insights into skill or experience gaps to improve? What are your priorities for the next 30 days? (Note this might be a continuation of longer-term goals or quarterly OKRs)

January 1: New Year’s Day

January 15: Martin Luther King Day New Year Employee Wellness Activities: • Subsidize local gym membership or community classes for 2018 • Onsite yoga, meditation, mindfullness or other wellness workshops

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Black History Month February 9: National Pizza Day Everybody loves pizza! Provide pizzas to get employees together for a fun, free lunch. February 14: Valentine’s Day Social Media Contest: Ask employees to share why they love working at your company with a unique hashtag. February 19: President’s Day

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Monthly Tasks and Reminders:

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Monthly Manager Check-Ins

March 2: Employee Appreciation Day Show your employees you appreciate their contributions. Have an awards ceremony, provide lunch and refreshments, or have an off-site activity day.

March 8: International Women’s Day 17 March: St. Patrick’s Day

March 5: Academy Awards Have a viewing party for the recap of the Oscars.

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Walk to Work Day

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Monthly Tasks and Reminders:

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Employee Satisfaction Survey

Stress Awareness Month Onsite workshops on stress management, yoga, meditation or chair massage

Monthly Manager Check-Ins

April 22: Earth Day April 25: Administrative Professionals Day

April 1: Easter Sunday April 6: Walk to Work Day

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Monthly Tasks and Reminders:

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Monthly Manager Check-Ins

May 13: Mother’s Day May 18: National Bike to Work Day Local dates may vary. A great day to encourage employees to ride to work. Provide breakfast or snacks for riders. May 28: Memorial Day

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June SUN 27

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Leave the Office Early Day

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LGBT History Month

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June 1: Leave the Office Early Day June 17: Father’s Day June 22: Bring Your Dog to Work Day Ask employees to post ‘pooch selfies’ on social media and your Glassdoor profile.

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Employee Satisfaction Survey Review work goals for 2018

Summer Kick Off :

Monthly Manager Check-Ins

• Company picnic or potluck • Ice cream social

Vacation photo contest: Encourage employees to share pictures of their holiday at your company careers hashtag. Bonus points for wearing company apparel in the picture.

July 4: Independence Day July 2-15: Wimbledon Wimbledon viewing party Summer Employee Wellness Activities: • Organize lunchtime walks, cycle to work initiatives and team lunches or meetings outside • Encourage annual leave for summer holidays

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Monthly Tasks and Reminders: Monthly Manager Check-Ins

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Back to school: Ask employees about new schedules as regular family activities start up again. September 3: Labor Day

September 5: International Charity Day Have a company-wide off-site event to help a local food bank, shelter, or other local charity. September 19: Talk Like a Pirate Day

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Monthly Tasks and Reminders:

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Monthly Manager Check-Ins

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 11: National Coming Out Day

October 1-5: National Work Life Week

October 31: Halloween Desk decorating contest

• Work-life balance workshops and activities • Showcase flexible working policies • Well-being courses such as stress management, nutrition, fitness

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Monthly Manager Check-Ins

November 12: Veterans Day

Schedule coordination for the winter holidays

November 20: Kick off the holiday week with an employee potluck. Provide the turkey and vegetarian option, and have employees bring in their favorite homemade sides. November 22: Thanksgiving Day

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Monthly Tasks and Reminders:

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Gather yearly data for January 2019 Employee Satisfaction Survey

December 25: Christmas Day December 31: New Year’s Eve

Monthly Manager Check-Ins

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2018 employee engagement checklist and calendar  
2018 employee engagement checklist and calendar