How To Build Employee Engagement With Team Workshops And Events

How To Build Employee Engagement With Team Workshops And Events

Quarterly and annual team workshops and events have gotten away with being ‘throwaway’ for far too long. Team events should either meaningfully improve employee engagement or team performance or both.

In this video / blog I want to address how to move the needle and build employee engagement with team workshops and events.

What Is Employee Engagement?

I know for many that employee engagement is their daily bread but for those of you who are a bit hazy – I’m going to define engagement as being work engagement as outlined by Utrecht University. Work engagement is characterised as team members displaying:

  • Vigour (energy, resilience and effort)
  • Dedication (for example, enthusiasm, inspiration and pride)
  • Absorption (concentration and being engrossed in one’s work)

Unlike this article on why team events matter, the business case for focusing on employee engagement has long been closed.

The Harvard Business Review surveyed business leaders back in 2014 and found that 71% of them thought that employee engagement was critical to the success of their organizations.

Since that time there has been an explosion of research and literature on employee engagement and a wealth of investment in employee experience and culture from ambitious, forward-thinking businesses.

“Thanks for the lesson, but how do team workshops and events fit into this?”

For a simple visual of how workshops and events can help I’ll use a recognised model in Carey & Elliott’s Engagement BridgeTM

As featured in their best-selling book “Build it – The Rebel Playbook For World-Class Employee Engagement” the Engagement BridgeTM below is a simple, yet powerful way of looking at building engagement in your organisation.


building employee engagement with team workshops and events

As each layer is added (or further strengthened) the engagement bridge gets stronger and the more employees it carries.

 Team Workshops And Events & The Engagement BridgeTM

In this section I’m going to work through the Engagement BridgeTM moving from the foundation layers up to the top outlining how you can build employee engagement with team workshops and events.


Team Wellbeing Workshops address everything from healthy eating to moving pain free to building mental resilience.

Larger, keynote wellbeing workshops are a great addition to your next conference but just as powerful are the smaller, more regular, habit building workshops supported by follow up culture building wellbeing challenges.

Engagement Leads know that employee wellbeing underpins everything and cannot be ignored or swept under the carpet with snack boxes and gym memberships – this makes wellbeing workshops a great way to tackle the challenge.

Open & Honest Communication

Team building providers often default to ‘building communication’ when trying to make the business case for investing in them. But what does building communication mean?

We think that workshops and events should facilitate open and honest communication by building trust and gamifying the ‘difficult bit’ to build confidence and skill in this area. We’ve done this with both fun Lego master builder events and team personality profiling workshops.

Purpose, Mission & Values

When it comes to communicating and celebrating your business purpose and mission or bringing your values off the page to live them not just read about them, team workshops and events come into their own.

Supporting charity, helping the community, becoming more sustainable can all be addressed as a team in an experiential and memorable way. Also through use of metaphor you can “build”, “connect”, “respect” and “be human” at your next conference through a suitable team workshop or event tied to the key messaging you need to convey.


When it comes to building employee engagement, Management is arguably more important than Leadership. Leaders can impart their vision and paint a beautiful image of the future but, it is through Managers that most employees experience your organisation’s true culture on a daily basis. According to Gallop, 50% of employees leave because of their manager.

Personality Profiling Workshops can help to equip your Management Team with the insights, awareness and soft skills required to sustain and nurture employee engagement in their people.

A dry, profile report and a boring 3 hours in conference room as a facilitator shuffles through a set piece delivery isn’t going to cut it however. We believe that clients’ need a workshop tailored uniquely to your business, underpinned by a respected profiling tool with real, actionable outcomes agreed by all.


Last but not least workshops and events have always been a brilliant way of saying thank you with Awards Dinners, Hospitality, Summer Fun Days, Christmas Parties. It has historically been the case that these activities are done when a business has “done the numbers”. In a world where employee engagement is regarded as critical to long term success it might be that you are not the numbers because you’re not doing the recognition workshops and events enough.

What Next?

The old way of treating people at work has failed. According to Gallup 30% of employees are engaged in their jobs and in such a competitive world this simply isn’t enough.

Team workshops and events, when designed in partnership with you, should help you to offset these alarming statistics.

Targeted workshops and events should help you to measurably build employee engagement in order to empower your staff to innovate more, deliver better customer service and beat the competition.

If you’re ready for more from your next team workshop or event then we want to hear from you!


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Jon Huggett - Founder & CEO

A great set of events to help keep spirits up and teams connected during lockdown. Especially appreciated the flexible and creative approach. Many thanks.
Adele Cox
Excellent fun and fully engaged activity, completely loved it ???? Thank you so much.
Himabindu Vutukuri
I thought the event was excellent - informal, fun & very engaging!
B. A. Nimmo
I really enjoyed the exercise and was honestly quite surprised at just how engaged with the activity I became.
Richard White
Enjoyable virtual event. I liked the theme and imaginative art class to make it a fun group event.
Conor Morris
A very entertaining experience... we had to make decisions and work together. And we also got a sense of achievement - I can’t draw and produced 2 decent superheroes. An excellent activity.
Elizabeth Donachie
A great event which made was a lot of fun! At first I was nervous to try the task but by the end I wanted to do more!
Lisa Redpath
Enjoyable event and well run, enjoyed our 3 hours with EML.
David Rodman
Good afternoon of activities and being in the winning team topped the day, thank you for the prize.
Adrienne Cousins
Many thanks to Neil and Ruth for leading our virtual team building exercise... Many laughs were had while scrambling to collect the twenty items...!!! The Murder Mystery was my favourite and my team winning was the icing on the cake. The Haka showed how uncoordinated we are but the laughs ...just proves what an enjoyable experience we all had.
Suzanne Mitchell, Beckton, Dickinson & Co
Our team really enjoyed the event - they are already asking when we can do another!
Karen Wilson, Zhero
The EML virtual team building event was well organised and entertaining. Tasks were interactive and challenging in a fun and relaxed environment.
Brandon Lee Maharaj
It was fun and I loved the energy this brought out of us as a team.
Clinton De Klerk
Great and fun team-building event. Enjoyed!!!
Christopher Dahwa
Perfect. From initial enquiry to event day. I’m really pleased with the session. We had a short meeting pre activities and then 4 fun team games. The event staff were really helpful and professional all the way through.
EML delivered a great virtual training afternoon for our new Graduates, Undergraduates & Apprentices. Everyone found it to be a fun and engaging afternoon.
Victoria Goodwin
Super fun virtual event, the team are friendly and entertaining. Thank you so much Neil and Jon.
Thank you EML for a great virtual team building Christmas party. Everyone had a great time and this virtual option created a great opportunity to stay in touch with our colleagues and have some Christmas fun. I've received lovely feedback from staff - they really appreciated the event.
Sue Quick
Thanks for organising and facilitating our online Christmas social. I've had some great feedback from the participants and it was lovely to do something together even though we couldn't meet face to face.
Michelle Hammersley
Great fun, thank you.
Simon Elkins
Well organised and good fun - many thanks to EML Team.
Mark Roberts
Great fun, engaging and well organised :o)
Belinda Mitchell
Thank you so much for organising a very interesting and fun event... it gave staff an opportunity to work together in different ways and helped to develop our team skills. I'd recommend similar online events to other organisations.
Isla Boadle
Great fun had by all. Both inclusive and engaging. We will be looking to use EML again next year.
John Williams, ECCTIS

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