It goes without saying that hiring new staff makes your business stronger. After all, it means that you are no longer carrying the weight of your brand on your shoulders alone and that you can handle the demands of your growing customer base with ease.
However, employee retainment is more difficult than ever, meaning that employers need to make some changes if they want to see an improvement (and a reduction in the amount of time they spend hiring new staff). One of the easiest ways in which you can achieve this goal is by working on employee engagement. Here are some top tips to get you started!
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- Figure out what your employees are passionate about. An engaged, passionate workforce is a successful one – as it means that everyone on your team is working towards a shared goal with drive and enthusiasm. As a result, in order to drive engagement across the board, you should pinpoint your employee’s individual passions and try to support them where possible. For example, if they are passionate about taking on a leadership role further down the line, you could provide them with management training or let them take the lead on certain projects.
- Engage them from the moment they join the team. For many employees, they gain a thorough understanding of the company they are working for within the first few months of their employment – meaning you have to work on heightening engagement from the word go. After all, a negative perception in the early days of employment could lead to them seeking work elsewhere. Thankfully, there are various ways in which you can promote high levels of engagement, such as through your onboarding process. Not only will this up engagement levels, it will also help new hires find their footing a lot earlier, meaning they’ll be able to deal with whatever work you throw their way. You can find out more about the value of onboarding practices here: https://www.learningbank.io/blog/hard-to-calculate-value-onboarding.
- Value them on a personal level. Regardless of what industry you work within, your employees are essential to your success. This means that you should never underestimate their value or treat them as though they are disposable. This will only encourage them to apply for a new job, taking their talents and skills to your competitors. Instead, you should make it clear that you value your employees on a personal level. Make an effort to get to know them, and keep up to date with their work. You should also provide them with incentives and rewards for good work. Even something as simple as a quick ‘well done’ can go a long way towards improving employee morale.
- Focus on building an Inclusive Workplace. Building an inclusive workplace is another great way to heighten both employee engagement and satisfaction. Not only are you making sure everyone has a seat at the table, resulting in more diverse ideas and projects, but you’re also once again showing employees that you care about, and are attentive to their needs. There are various ways in which you can make your workplace more inclusive – for example, you could allow employees to work from home when necessary or perform individual assessments whenever a new employee joins your team to see what accommodations need to be made.