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Rules of Engagement | Dori Meinert

​The past few years have been tough on employees. 

Just 31 percent of workers in the U.S. and Canada feel engaged at work, according to Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace: 2023 Report. And 52 percent report experiencing significant stress on the job.

Those figures are especially troublesome because numerous studies have shown that organizations with high employee engagement have lower turnover, greater productivity and higher revenue than those with low worker engagement.

What are HR professionals doing to boost employee engagement and improve morale?

We asked them via LinkedIn and found that they’ve been busy spreading cheer in a ­variety of creative ways, including celebrations, comedy, wellness programs and volunteer activities. What follows are the stories, in their own words, of how HR teams from around the nation are working to increase engagement at their organizations. 

Spread Joy

At Hocking Valley Community Hospital in Logan, Ohio, we started to operationalize fun last year. We named our program Project Joy. 

In the health care industry, burnout has been high, and many workers have left the field because of the mental stress, the daunting workload and the energy it takes to deal with continual illness, ­injury and sometimes death in the community. We needed to ignite passion, energy, connection and joy again. 

In 2022, our business ­leaders were divided into groups and ­assigned a month to bring the fun. They planned activities such as bubble soccer…

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