How To Create An Employee Engagement Committee From Scratch
No matter how many employees work on your team, it’s important to actively invest in them. When they know you value their contributions and care about their success, they’re more likely to feel happier, more productive and more engaged. This, in turn, can lead to more success for your organization.
There are many ways to show you care about your staff members, including forming an employee engagement committee. Writer Susmita Sarma says this is simply a group of employees who come together voluntarily to plan employee engagement activities, help the company strengthen its relationship with employees and create a positive workplace culture.
If you don’t currently have a committee like this, read on. In this issue of PromoPro Daily, we outline Sarma’s guidance on how to establish an employee engagement committee at your business.
Spread the word. Naturally, the first step is getting the word out to your team that you’re forming an employee engagement committee. Consider making the announcement with promos to encourage people to join. Sarma recommends seeking diverse, cross-functional volunteers who may be interested in participating in the committee.
Create clear, written goals. What do you hope the committee will achieve? Do you envision each committee member playing a specific role? Define your mission and vision. This will help guide participants’ work on the committee, Sarma says.
Make a budget. Sarma says doing this can give you a better understanding of what the committee can cover in the long term. Create room in your budget for things like meetings, programs and special events. She adds that even a small budget will allow you to bring in snacks or coffee while the group meets.
Keep the organization updated. Once your employee engagement committee gets underway, make sure to keep the whole company in tune with the group’s activities and progress. Sarma says this ensures everyone understands the committee’s goals and objectives.
Put some power into your committee. Think back on why you created this committee. It’s not just a way for employees to come together, but an opportunity to create meaningful change. An employee engagement committee should have enough power to carry out its responsibilities, Sarma says.
Forming an employee engagement committee can lead to all kinds of benefits for your staff members and your business. Not only can it help empower your employees, but this kind of committee can lead to better problem-solving, enhanced communication and an improved feeling of belonging.
Compiled by Audrey Sellers
Source: Susmita Sarma contributed this article to the Vantage Circle blog.