Employee engagement is the key to a thriving business

Employee engagement is the active participation and commitment to team and organizational goals. It has a tremendous impact on business because when your team is excited to work for you and with each other, they are more likely to stay with the company and drive up your numbers.

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A 2020 meta-analysis of 276 organizations in 54 industries with 2.7 million employees in 96 countries found important differences between organizations in the top quartile of employee engagement and organizations in the bottom quartile. [1]

The science behind Bonda:

Bonda uses the science of psychology to boost employee engagement through ongoing virtual team bonding activities.

Consistent Team bonding increases collaboration and communication which leads to feelings of belonging 

Strong teams don’t just happen by hiring qualified talent – they are built through ongoing activities designed to form bonds and connections. Most other team-building activities fall flat because it’s a one-time activity. Consistent team building leads to:​

Value alignment and organizational culture are key to retain, attract and engage talent

Company culture is composed of the expectations, norms, behaviors, attitudes, values, and goals that are celebrated, upheld, tolerated, and prohibited within your organization. It is the way you and your employees relate to each other, your work at the company, and your customers.

Think of company values as the ideological compass that guides a company’s vision, goals, ethics, and actions. When a company’s culture and values are aligned, employees can easily see their value to the team, and are more likely to engage with their work. 

  • 56% of employees rank company culture as more important than salary [20]. 

  • “32% of new hires who quit within the first 90 days cite company culture as the reason for leaving” [19] [31].  

  • 77% of employees consider a company’s culture before applying [20]. 

Strategically designed virtual team building can help teams adapt to virtual and hybrid work environments

Companies are left wondering how to create and sustain their company culture with remote, hybrid, and distributed work teams. Many are working extra hours to design & orchestrate social activities that they hope will improve team cohesion. Most focus on creating fun activities without linking those activities back to employee engagement, team trust, or cohesion.

  • Virtual team building can mediate the effects of physical separation [13].

  • A study of 733 work relationships across a variety of industries found that relationship quality was more closely tied to “perceived proximity” – or relational closeness – than to physical proximity [13] [30]. 

  • 83% of employees already rely on technology for team collaboration [24] and 70% of employees said digital technology improved their collaboration [24].  

Team cohesion and belonging are the building blocks for Employee engagement

Communication and collaboration are consistently among the top four most important skills for employee future success [24]. 63% of employees would resign if poor communication hindered their ability to work effectively [25].

Belonging is a felt sense of authentic community. 

Belonging brings a sense of freedom to be fully present in your authenticity, stand in your truth, and experience a steadiness that you are accepted, celebrated, and valued for who you are, including your unique gifts and struggles. 

When employees feel they belong at work, they are intrinsically motivated to engage more often, be more productive, and foster a positive work culture (Culture Amp)

Communication and collaboration are consistently among the top four most important skills for employee future success [24]. 63% of employees would resign if poor communication hindered their ability to work effectively [25].

A 2020 global study by Qualtrics of over 11,800 employees found that a sense of belonging was the strongest driver of employee engagement and employee wellbeing [35].

A study by BetterUp of 1,789 full-time U.S. employees across various industries found high levels of belonging were linked to:

  • 56% increase in job performance

  • 50% drop in turnover risk

  • 75% reduction in sick days

For a 10,000-person company, this would result in annual savings of more than $52M [34]. 

Bonda promotes a sense of belonging in the workplace through fun activities designed to strengthen team connections and celebrate each other’s unique selves