February 12, 2023

5 Ways to Encourage Engagement at Work on Valentine's Day

Flowers, chocolate, postcards, tacky decorations… Valentine's Day is fast approaching! And since we should also leave nice details at our workplace, why not use Valentine's Day to give positive feedback to your team in a fun way?
According to a Glassdoor study, 53% of employees say they would stay longer at a company if they felt more recognition from their leaders. In other words, recognition increases the commitment of the team. This is very interesting because giving feedback is very easy and yet we get a lot in return. Engagement affects all aspects of an organization: turnover and profitability amd even customer experience.
Take out your arrows with little hearts because with these tips you will make your whole team fall in love:
  1. Plan a breakfast. Is there anything that puts you in a better mood than a good breakfast? Buy some bagels, sliced fruit, make juice… and yes, some cakes too! A few paper hearts on the tablecloth and you already have the whole office happy and with a full belly. Does anyone work remotely? Don't worry, order your favorite breakfasts from home.

  2. Peer recognition challenge. The perfect Valentine's Day activity is one that encourages everyone to share how much they appreciate and admire their peers. There are many ways to do this. For example, at HRider, our colleague Alicia gave each of us some cardboard on which we had to draw ourselves. Afterwards, each colleague had to visit everyone else's cardboard and leave an anonymous message. What happened next will surprise you: we got emotional, we cried, we laughed and we went home with our cards under our arms to always remember the words of our workmates. You can also provide a black board, a cork board, an online whiteboard… Any place where employees can  positive notes about their colleagues. It is such a simple and effective technique that you will want to do it more often.

  3. Feedback from leaders. Who can maintain their performance and motivation if they never get feedback? Nobody! Sooner or later, everyone needs recognition to know how to continue with their goals and tasks. Therefore, it is advisable to create a culture of feedback where good work is rewarded with recognition and benefits. If Meryl Streep was able to say some nice words The Devil Wears Prada, you can too.

  4. Update them on the company. Your team is the backbone of the organization. In order for them to be able to work on their goals with true commitment, they need to know how the company is doing, what the global objectives are and, of course, the positive impact that the work of each one of them has on their results. But don't just tell them about the strengths, also show them the opportunities for improvement! This way they will also encourage innovation, creativity and proactivity.

  5. Thank you gifts. Breakfast has helped them to start the working day happy, but it is also very important that they go home with a smile from ear to ear. A T-shirt, an office pack, a plant... Select the gifts with great care and accompany them with a few kind words. You'll see how they'll still be on the team next Valentine's Day too!
Of course, giving feedback, having words of gratitude or organizing events to strengthen ties, is not something that should only be done once a year or only in an informal way. Always take care of the commitment of your team through evaluations of the work environment, individual action plans, succession planning…They will fall in love every day.