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20 Employee Engagement Ideas On A Budget

20 Employee Engagement Ideas On A Budget
Amanda Sciabica
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February 9, 2024

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Employee engagement is the heartbeat of a thriving workplace, and it doesn't always require a hefty budget to achieve. In this blog post, we'll explore 20 budget-friendly employee engagement ideas that can significantly impact morale. Plus, discover how affordable custom swag from SwagUp can play a key role in turning these ideas into memorable experiences that resonate with your team.

1. Themed Dress-Up Days

Encourage team spirit with themed dress-up days. Consider a "Casual Friday" or a "Favorite Decade" theme. Take it a step further by providing custom swag like branded hats or accessories from SwagUp to enhance the fun.

Custom 80’s Snapback Hat

2. Virtual Lunch and Learn Sessions

Facilitate learning and team bonding with virtual lunch and learn sessions. Bring in guest speakers or encourage team members to share their expertise. Reward participation with custom swag items like branded notebooks or pens.

Custom Notebook

3. Recognition Shoutouts

Create a culture of appreciation by implementing regular recognition shoutouts. Acknowledge accomplishments during team meetings and reward the recognized individuals with custom swag from SwagUp, like personalized thank-you cards or custom badges.

4. Team Building Games and Challenges

Foster camaraderie with team-building games and challenges. Whether it's virtual trivia or a step challenge, reward winners with budget-friendly custom swag items such as branded water bottles or fitness accessories.

Custom Jump Rope

5. Employee Spotlights

Highlight individual achievements through employee spotlights. Create a dedicated space on your company's intranet or newsletter. Recognize the spotlighted employee with custom swag items like branded desk accessories.

6. Virtual Coffee Chats

Facilitate casual conversations with virtual coffee chats. Pair team members for short, informal discussions. As a token of appreciation, send them custom swag coffee mugs or personalized coasters from SwagUp.

Custom Coffee Mug

7. Book Club

Encourage a culture of continuous learning with a budget-friendly book club. Choose a book that aligns with your company's goals and provide participants with custom swag bookmarks or branded reading accessories.

Business Books

Custom Bookmark

8. Wellness Challenges

Promote health and well-being with budget-friendly wellness challenges. From hydration challenges to mindfulness exercises, reward participants with custom swag items like branded fitness trackers or stress-relief tools from SwagUp.

Yoga Dice

9. Birthday Celebrations

Bring a personal touch to the workplace by celebrating birthdays. Recognize employees with a small, budget-friendly birthday gift, such as custom swag like branded birthday cards or desk accessories.

Chocolate Greeting Cards

10. Volunteer Opportunities

Give back to the community with volunteer opportunities. As a thank-you, provide participants with custom swag items like branded reusable tote bags or volunteer-themed accessories from SwagUp.

11. Customized Desktop Wallpapers

Boost creativity and morale by offering custom desktop wallpapers. Collaborate with your team to design wallpapers that reflect the company culture and distribute them along with custom swag items like branded mousepads.

Vegan Leather Mousepad

12. Employee Suggestion Box

Foster open communication with an employee suggestion box. Recognize valuable contributions with custom swag items like branded notebooks or pens, encouraging continuous feedback.

13. Flexible Work Arrangements

Show appreciation for work-life balance by offering flexible work arrangements. As a token of gratitude, provide employees with custom swag items like branded laptop sleeves or home office accessories from SwagUp.

Custom Video Call Ring Light

14. Wellness Workshops

Promote wellness through budget-friendly workshops. Topics can range from stress management to healthy eating. Reward participants with custom swag items like branded wellness journals or fitness accessories.

Mental Health Journal

15. Recognition Wall

Establish a digital recognition wall where employees can post shoutouts and accomplishments. Recognize these contributions with custom swag items like personalized thank-you cards or branded wall decals from SwagUp.

16. Employee Milestones

Celebrate work anniversaries and milestones with personalized shoutouts. Reward employees with custom swag items like branded badges or desk plaques from SwagUp.

Custom Pins

17. Customized Webinars

Host customized webinars on topics of interest. Acknowledge attendees with custom swag items like branded notebooks or pens from SwagUp, creating a memorable learning experience.

Custom Pen

18. Virtual Fitness Classes

Support employee well-being with virtual fitness classes. Reward participants with custom swag items like branded water bottles or fitness gear from SwagUp to enhance their home workouts.

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Custom Water Bottle

19. Positive Post-Its

Encourage positivity with a workplace-wide positive post-it campaign. Reward participants with custom swag items like branded sticky notes or office supplies from SwagUp.

Custom Clear Pad

20. End-of-Quarter Celebrations

Wrap up each quarter with virtual celebrations. Recognize achievements and milestones, and reward employees with custom swag items like branded celebration kits or party accessories from SwagUp.

Confetti Popper

Ready to implement these budget-friendly employee engagement ideas? Explore SwagUp's extensive catalog of items to bring these ideas to life! 

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