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Companies are always on the lookout for ways to better improve the employee experience. Well, at least this is the case with companies that want to succeed in 2017 and beyond!

In the past, employers focused on nothing more than providing competitive pay and high level benefits (if even that). Now, however, things are beginning to shift.

Companies big and small, spanning a variety of industries, have come to realize that there are other things they can do to attract, engage, and retain top-notch talent.

SAP SuccessFactors, for example, can be used to improve employee get-togethers. That’s right: giving workers the time to collaborate and enjoy each other outside of the office is more important than ever before.

Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Increase Employee Engagement

Employee engagement is more important than ever before, with one study showing that 45% are not engaged and 26% are actively disengaged.

Employee get-togethers are only successful if the participants are fully engaged. When people want to spend time with coworkers outside of work, there’s a greater chance of them connecting on a personal level, which allows them to achieve success in the workplace.

There will always be employees who are unengaged and unwilling to connect with others. While there is no way around this, it’s important to focus on the things you can do to increase engagement.

When companies truly get along, both inside and out of work, it can result in great times that will be remembered for many years to come.

  1. Learn from Others

Let’s face it: it’s not always easy to organize and promote an employee get-together, especially in a company where workers don’t always spend time together outside the office.

Fortunately, by focusing on what other companies are doing, it’s possible to generate a variety of ideas that can be implemented within your organization.

Your first employee get-together may not go exactly as planned, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Make note of what worked, what didn’t, and how you can adjust your approach in the future. Also, take cues from other companies in your space, as this can help transform your strategy.

  1. Recruit and Hire the Right Employees

Company culture is more important today than ever before. Companies that focus on this find it easier to recruit and hire the right employees.

SAP SuccessFactors has a variety of recruiting tools, with each one geared toward helping your organization find the best talent.

When you hire the right people, it’s much easier to ensure the success of each and every employee get-together.

On the flipside, it only takes one “bad apple” to spoil the bunch. There is no guarantee that you will make the right hire every time, but using technology to your advantage can help improve your odds. This will have an impact on many areas of your business, including future employee get-togethers.

With 65 percent of recruiters claiming that it’s becoming more difficult to fill open positions, it’s essential to use every tool available to you.

Track Everything

Once you do the legwork and your next employee get-together is on the schedule, it’s time to get excited. It’s also time to implement a system for tracking every last detail associated with the event. Answer questions such as:

  • Why did you select this particular type of get-together?
  • How many people are invited to the get-together? Every employee, just a certain department, etc.?
  • How will you judge the success of the event?

If you’re going to spend time, money, and other resources on scheduling and improving employee get-togethers, you might as well do all that you can to reach your goals. This starts with tracking everything and making adjustments as necessary.

SAP SuccessFactors can go a long way in improving employee get-togethers. While it all comes down to the final decisions that you make, there are little things you can do to make big progress.

The last thing you want to do is avoid these get-togethers because you are worried about failure. This approach will mean that your employees, and the company as a whole, are missing out on a big opportunity.

Has your company used SAP SuccessFactors in the past to improve employee get-togethers? Do you have any other suggestions on how to achieve success in this area? Share your thoughts and past experiences in the comment section below.

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