By Neal - 8/3/2021
When people work in a healthy environment, they engage more positively and stay at their jobs. Therefore, we wanted to make our employees’ work life as fun as it was inviting. Whether workers feel good or bad, their demeanor impacts your entire workplace.
We noticed that productivity levels starts to wane when workers are not happy or committed. They no longer have the energy needed to perform well and contribute successfully. To overcome this dilemma, we decided to survey our workers to get their input about their work life. As a result, we were able to increase our employee productivity at Spider Solitaire Challenge and our parent company by over 20%.
From our engagement surveys, we discovered that most of our employees had 3 major concerns:
We also learned that employees seek the following:
Through surveys, we gained some keen insights about what our employees expect and want. These revelations helped us put together a plan that would improve company culture where people stay and feel motivated to work.
Outside of the takeaway from the surveys, we realized as a company:
To improve transparency we started sharing more of our overall company roadmap. For example, everyone wanted to know what games we’d build outside of our free Spider Solitaire game, and we provided a two year plan on the games we hope to build.
When it comes to growth, we also discovered that employees do not necessarily want to take on a leadership role. Their primary motive may be to learn more as an individual contributor. As a result, we spent time understanding what the goals were of each of our employees and tailored plans to help them reach those goals.
To address a more flexible work schedule, we began to allow employees to work at different times. However, we established a 2-hour timeframe where everyone must be online at once to have meetings or work through problem.
After 6 months, we conducted the same survey again to see how well we addressed these issues, and its impact on the team. We saw close to a 20% improvement in productivity, and we had no employee turnover in that period.
These employee engagement surveys keep everyone on the same page communication-wise. By conducting this type of research, we learned that our employees felt like we really cared. As a result, our employees wanted to give back to the company even more.