The Small Business HR Podcast

Ep. 21

21. Planning Your 2022 Employee Engagement Strategy w/ Logan Mallory

In episode 21, we sat down with Logan Mallory to learn about why businesses, especially small businesses, should be thinking about their employee engagement strategies—right now—for the year ahead.
Logan Mallory

Logan Mallory

Vice President of Marketing
Motivosity

Whether your employees are line cooks, truck drivers, or desk workers, everyone appreciates hearing the words “thank you” the same. And that’s all it takes, a simple phrase, to show your employees you appreciate them.

In fact, a recent survey conducted by Motivosity showed that 68% of people said their mental health would improve if they were recognized and appreciated more often for the work they do.

We sat down with Logan Mallory, Vice President of Marketing at Motivosity, to hear about why businesses, especially small businesses, should be thinking about their employee engagement strategies—right now—for the year ahead.

In this episode, we also talked about:

  • What’s causing employee turnover and difficulty hiring
  • How employers can create a culture that leads to engagement and employee satisfaction
  • The tools and resources employers can implement to drive employee engagement
  • How employee engagement is different for small companies vs. big organizations
  • Who has the biggest impact on employee engagement

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Employee engagement is a blend of two important things: (1) how happy and connected your team members feel to the organization, and (2) how excited—or full of dread—they feel on Sunday night knowing they’re waking up and going to work for your company the next day. In other words, are you getting what you want and need out of your team members, and are your team members happy while they’re providing that for you?”

Logan Mallory

Many people know that only a third of your team members are actually engaged at work. But what many people don’t know is that employee engagement numbers haven’t shifted in over a decade. That means, the ping pong table, the snacks—none of that moved the needle.”

Logan Mallory

Because of the ongoing labor shortage, employees have options they never had before. And they’re going to make choices about where they want to be. If they’re not happy about the work they’re doing, they’re going to be able to choose something else.”

Logan Mallory

In the war for talent, businesses that focus on helping their team members develop, grow, and succeed will be the best employers out there.”

Logan Mallory

In a recent survey Motivosity conducted, 68% of people said their mental health would improve if they were recognized and appreciated more often for the work they do.”

Logan Mallory

The difference between employee engagement at big companies and small- or medium-sized companies is the number of people focused on it. At small companies, it’s usually the people leaders who are tasked with thinking about engagement. But leaders can’t do everything—so organizations need to give leaders tools and resources to support them with driving engagement.”

Logan Mallory

Who plays the most important role in employee engagement? I do. I walk in the door and I determine how my team feels and if their needs are met. And so does every people leader out there. If we all take that attitude, that ownership, then the problem gets solved.”

Logan Mallory

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