By Roberta Matuson, Staples® Contributing Writer
Why do we bother to engage employees? Shouldn’t they be giving it their all because they feel fortunate enough to be employed by you? If that were the case, every person on your payroll would be giving 110 percent and your employee turnover would be minimal. But it takes more than a paycheck to inspire most employees to go above and beyond what you expect.
Knowing how to engage your staff and emphasize employee retention is vital to your business’s success. Learn what you can do to create a more committed workforce:
The Importance of Engaging Employees
Businesses that make engagement a priority can enjoy a competitive advantage in talent recruiting and business results, one that’s hard for others to replicate. The 2013 Trends in Global Employee Engagement study, conducted by consulting firm Aon Hewitt, confirms a strong correlation between high levels of employee engagement and sales growth in the years following the increased engagement. Employees are a critical component to every organization, and their morale and motivation can be the difference between high levels of profitability and barely getting by.
What Do Employees Need?
Begin by asking yourself what your employees need to be fully engaged. This will vary from one business to another. Consider conducting an employee survey or holding focus groups to learn more about your employees’ needs.
The drivers of worker engagement and employee retention that surface in surveys typically include three components:
Knowing how to engage staff members and focus on employee retention will become even more important as the economy continues to improve. In some industries, we are already seeing an increase in employee turnover as workers seek greener pastures. Take action today to ensure your people are extremely engaged so you can minimize the disruption that comes with high employee turnover.
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