4 Ways to Improve Your Employees’ Engagement Levels
Employee “Engagement” has become a buzzword in management and human resources recently, and for good reason. Employees who are engaged in their work are happier, more productive, and stick around for longer, helping the company reach its goals and save money.
Here are several ways to improve your employees’ engagement levels – and reap the rewards:
- Give employees meaningful and rewarding assignments. As every elementary teacher knows, “busy work” is the fastest way to lose someone’s attention and interest. By finding out what work your employees find rewarding and professionally challenging, you immediately discover one of the most powerful ways to keep them engaged – without having to change or distract from your company’s day-to-day work.
- Offer opportunities for employees to improve their skills. When skill sets become stagnant, employee interest wanes. Worse, the entire company runs the risk of becoming obsolete. Talk to your top employees about changes in their work and the skills and knowledge they believe will best help them stay on top – and then offer opportunities for them to attain it. Tuition reimbursement, help with conference fees, or access to books and other resources can all help employees freshen their skills and stay engaged.
- Improve your own ability to delegate. Micromanagement quickly kills engagement and enthusiasm. When workers are managed too closely, they stop taking ownership in their work. Without ownership, pride and interest also drop off quickly. To improve engagement, focus on learning to delegate and support employees on “their” projects, rather than creating an environment in which it feels like they’re working on “your” projects.
- Ask your staffing partner to help you “hire for engagement.” Recruiters specialize in matching job candidates to companies whose internal culture best matches the candidate’s own work ethic and approach. This match boosts engagement by helping employees feel like members of the team. To improve engagement, look at who you’re hiring, how, and why – and ask your recruiter for help finding people who fit best with your current top performers.
At Burnett’s Staffing, our experienced recruiters can help you find and hire the people who “fit” with your company’s culture, boosting engagement and retention together. Contact us today to learn more about our staffing services in Las Colinas, Dallas, Fort Worth and beyond!
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