How to… engage your employees

11 February 2017 by
How to… engage your employees

Give your staff a voice that will be heard across the industry by asking them to complete The Caterer's Best Places to Work in Hospitality 2017 employee survey

We are edging ever nearer to the closing date of The Caterer's Best Places to Work in Hospitality awards, held in partnership with Purple Cubed and sponsored by Perkbox. These awards are designed to recognise the employment crème de la crème of the industry. They are the only awards where employees can explain what they believe makes a great place to work and where they can judge their employer against these individual criteria.

If you've not yet entered, fear not, there is still time. The deadline for survey completion has been extended to 24 February, so now is the time to take the temperature of your teams.

And in case you need some help, here are 10 tips for engaging staff in the process.

If you need any assistance with your entry, feel free to contact or call 020 7836 6999. Good luck!


Top 10 ways to engage your staff

1. What's in it for me? There is an abundance of employee surveys, so your people could feel as though Best Places to Work is yet another.

2 Do it on a smartphone. The survey has been specifically designed to be completed quickly (in just five minutes), is simple to understand and is fully mobile-optimised. That means it can be done on the bus on the way to work, or using a tablet during a lunch break.

3 Make it easy to access. Make a tablet or computer available at work which has your bespoke survey link set as the home page. Managers could also take one into their team briefs to encourage people to complete it there and then.

4 Leaders walk the talk. Senior management play an important role in encouraging employees to offer their feedback, so it's crucial that they are on-board, take the survey themselves and talk about it.

5 PR it. Promote the survey through all your usual internal communication channels, such as meetings, posters and social updates.

6 Act upon feedback. Let your people know how the survey results will be used
and what an award would mean to them and the business. Once you obtain the results, make sure you pick some quick wins and implement them - this will
enforce that you are serious about being a world-class employer.

7 Shhh. Fear of comments being associated with employees is one of the main reasons why surveys aren't completed. As the survey is carried out by Purple Cubed, we can offer a completely anonymous experience. Make sure your people know this.

8 Reward them. Some entrants give their people extra time during their breaks to complete the survey. Others offer a prize draw incentive. One even shared a video of their chief executive playing air guitar, which could only be accessed once the employee had completed the survey!

9 Be proud. Set up an awards space where you can showcase any awards you hold and provide more information on the Best Places to Work survey. Use this as an opportunity to obtain feedback from your people on why they like working for your business - after all, if you qualify for the Best Employer Catey, you'll
need this information.

10 Be on time. If they aren't completed, you don't qualify. So make sure it's not a waste of time and money by reminding your people that their surveys need completing. Use the Best Places to Work system to check how you're doing
and push those communications


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