Why Work Routines Are Critical for Creating a Positive Employee Experience

Creating a positive employee experience at your company can completely transform the cultural climate for the better. HR leaders are beginning to recognize employee experience’s direct impact on productivity and talent retention. This recognition, in tandem with the Great Resignation currently happening, has put employee experience at the top of everyone’s priority list.

92 percent of HR managers surveyed by isolved listed employee experience as their top priority for the year. Improving employee experience can take on many forms. The most effective strategies will vary between companies. But one universal quality of a positive employee experience is the presence of regular workplace routines.

What is employee experience?

Before we get into the relationship between routines and employee experience, let’s first talk about what employee experience actually is. A company’s employee experience is the culmination of an employee’s personal journey working for an organization. From the recruitment and onboarding process, all the way to offboarding and everything in between, all the behaviors, beliefs, and practices of a company can shape employee experience.

Employee experience is often talked about alongside employee engagement or employee well-being. These three things all influence each other but they are not the same. Of the three, employee experience is the area businesses have the most control over. 

How do routines help in creating a positive employee experience?

There are a lot of ways a company can work on improving their employee experience. One surefire way to start seeing productivity and profit gains, however, is to start implementing daily routines. 

Solid daily habits are just as important at work as they are at home. Daily routines:

  • Give people a sense of stability
  • Reduce decision fatigue
  • Minimize stress and anxiety
  • Improve sleep hygiene and energy levels

That’s why having well-established routines at work can have such a profound effect on employee experience. Routines are predictable and reliable. But your company’s routines can’t be chosen arbitrarily; they have to include tasks and events that will actually improve employee experience.

What should your company’s daily routines look like?

No two companies are exactly alike. Your company’s behavior should reflect your company’s values and serve to make the employee experience better for everyone. The point of using routines to create a positive employee experience is to reduce friction and stress, not add to it. This may take on any number of forms, including:

  • Implementing weekly 1:1 meetings between managers and direct reports to discuss project updates, workload, etc.
  • Designating certain hours of days of the week for focused deep work
  • Regularly encouraging cross-department collaboration with team-building exercises and social events
  • Keeping everyone in the loop with regular communication via all-hands meetings, newsletters, etc.

And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Although, the best way to determine what routines your company needs most is to ask your employees themselves. Anonymous surveys will give you all the feedback you need to get started. 

Take your employee experience to the next level with Fabulous

Researching ways to create a positive employee experience takes time, energy, and money. It can also be daunting with so much information available. 

If you’re overwhelmed, consider Fabulous for Work. Fabulous is a workplace wellness solution that can do the heavy lifting for you. Bringing Fabulous to companies has been shown to improve overall employee well-being and engagement by offering scientifically-backed education, support, and coaching for personal and professional development.

If you’re ready to create the ultimate employee experience, book a demo with Fabulous today and see first-hand what makes us exactly the solution you’re looking for.

 

References:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/lucianapaulise/2021/04/29/92-of-hr-leaders-set-employee-experience-as-top-priority-in-2021/?sh=213b96216a66

https://www.nm.org/healthbeat/healthy-tips/health-benefits-of-having-a-routine