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5 steps to constructing an worker engagement program that truly works — from a booming small biz that’s tried all of them


Meet Persnickety Prints: 

Based in 2010, Persnickety Prints is a digital printing service that turns photographs into lasting reminiscences for each buyer. Beneath the management of proprietor Chari Pack, the corporate grew over 500% in its first three years and was nominated as one among Utah Valley’s Quickest Rising Firms two years in a row — making it onto the Forbes Subsequent 1000 checklist in 2021.


If you happen to handle a small enterprise, you understand how arduous — and necessary — it’s to maintain your organization’s tradition alive and thriving, particularly in instances of development and restructuring. At Persnickety Prints, we’ve tried plenty of other ways to do that. And I’m excited to say that we’ve landed on one which’s really working. 

We began an incentivized ebook membership that’s not solely united and engaged our crew in methods we’ve by no means seen (13 of our 15 workers are actively taking part), however that’s additionally offered us with a compelling new option to practice workers and deal with their particular person {and professional} development.

I’m completely satisfied to share with the Homebase viewers how you are able to do it, too.

1. Decide a ebook that everybody can profit and study from.  

At Persnickety Prints, our crew selected to learn “Clients Solely Need Two Issues: Successful Loyalty in a Aggressive World,.” by Kevin R. Miller. (For these seeking to up your customer support recreation, I extremely advocate it.) 

Subsequent, we set firm targets and actions that align with the philosophies offered within the ebook. (On this case, leaving clients feeling glad, like their issues have been solved, and proud of the interplay.) We additionally had every worker set their very own targets to assist everybody profit from this system. 

2. Make it voluntary (and worthwhile).

We don’t require anybody to take part in our ebook membership. And the entire program works on the glory system. This offers the crew a way of duty and reinforces that they’ve our belief — whereas retaining issues straightforward on managers, too. 

Everybody who desires to take part reads particular chapters every month. Then, after they full the readings and actions for every purpose, they get a $25 reward card. To additional sweeten the pot, we’ve additionally entered everybody’s identify into an end-of-year raffle to win a bigger prize, like a TV. 

3. Present some construction. 

Earlier than we began studying and discussing the ebook with the crew, I learn it myself and crafted firm visions and targets to coincide with the month’s assigned chapters. Then, I created the template beneath to information private goal-setting and assist workers perceive the connection. 

On this instance, you’ll see that we set a tradition imaginative and prescient to assist one another succeed. And we set a customer support imaginative and prescient to rapidly remedy issues and go away everybody feeling nice.

To assist one another succeed, we tasked individuals with doing one thing good for a coworker 12 instances a month — whether or not it was serving to them with each day duties and even one thing so simple as giving a praise. And to develop customer support abilities, we labored on constructing buyer relationships by way of angle, abilities, and processes. 

The third circle is left clean so workers can add their very own private imaginative and prescient assertion and purpose for the month. We encourage them to create a “SMART” purpose, and every worker’s supervisor indicators off on their purpose initially of every month to ensure it’s attainable: 

  • S: Particular
  • M: Measurable
  • A: Achievable
  • R: Related
  • T: Time-specific 

4. Prep earlier than you current.

Getting organized earlier than introducing our program to the crew has been a key think about its success. I like to recommend doing a little pondering and prep work beforehand, then getting everybody collectively to current and canopy the small print — nevertheless you may select to tailor them to your crew. 

We held a presentation on how this system works and gave 4 or 5 examples of imaginative and prescient statements — making it clear that they may very well be modified as we met them. (I included my very own assertion and purpose and mentioned they had been greater than welcome to make use of it.) 

Because the program’s voluntary, we had been additionally certain to hype the crew up in regards to the incentives throughout our presentation.

5.  Take advantage of educating moments — and have a good time each milestone.

Our ebook membership has gotten everybody extra engaged, and it’s additionally given us new alternatives to coach on particular outcomes. For instance, now once we see one thing that the crew might enhance on, we’ve got a gathering and tie the difficulty to a chapter. 

Once we accomplished our first month’s chapters, we made a big announcement throughout work hours and invited taking part crew members to come back and select their reward playing cards. Based mostly on their pleasure and the way nice the primary spherical goes, we plan to maintain this system going for the long run. 

Who would have thought a ebook membership would assist our small enterprise in so some ways? 



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