Employee engagement has become an increasingly important and topical subject in recent years and will continue to be so moving forward. This is an essential subject to consider to ensure you are setting your company apart and guaranteeing you are the employer of choice! The benefits of having an engaged workforce are numerous – increased productivity, less absence through sickness, high morale, good levels of staff retention, attraction of top talent into the business, and ultimately a positive impact on the bottom line. Sounds fantastic in theory, but to many companies, the challenge of turning a disengaged, dissatisfied workforce into a highly motivated, engaged team proves elusive.
As a recruitment business, we see candidates who are leaving because they feel disengaged from their current employer, so we have used this experience to compile a list of ways in which employers can engage with their team and attract the best talent into their company…
It’s not all about the money!
It is easy to think that everything boils down to money but we rarely see candidates who would cite this as the main reason for feeling disengaged. There are other factors that they feel are more important – feeling part of the team, feeling a sense of trust (and being trusted), the ability to have flexible working, a good working environment – these are just some of the factors that our candidates tell us make them feel valued and engaged.
Communication is key
Good communication is vital within the business whether it is news and important changes to the organisation from the very top level, or just communication within the team, employees like to feel included and listened to in these conversations. Explanations should be as thorough and transparent as possible, so the team can fully understand and buy into the agenda.
Value your team
People like to know their ideas are valued and that they have a voice, and if the ideas are not implemented, explaining why it may not have been possible or appropriate is essential. As well as contributing ideas, staff like to feel valued and invested in with regards to training. Enabling teams to develop skills and getting experience to further their career plays a large role in how engaged a staff member will feel, and obviously is hugely beneficial to the current employer.
We hope these ideas have given you food for thought, it may be a good idea to start off your employee engagement journey by designing an internal survey measuring engagement levels, and highlighting areas that may need some work. However, it is important to note that there is not a one size fits all formula to make a happy engaged team. Every company is unique and therefore that demands a unique approach, a tailored mix of elements brought together in a comprehensive strategy and engagement plan.
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