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5 Strategies for Increasing Employee Engagement

Keeping employees engaged at work can sometimes be a difficult task. But

it doesn’t have to be!

Karen Crone,

Chief Human Resource Officer at Paycor, defines employee engagement as

the extent to which your employees:

  • Talk positively about the company
  • Stay with the organization
  • Offer discretionary effort

When employees are engaged, they become advocates for your company.

Time and time again research has proven that happy and engaged employees

work harder and work better.

The average

cost of turnover is $20,000 per employee, so making sure your employees

are fully invested definitely pays off.

In a Paycor webinar, Karen explained

the importance of employee engagement and suggested five employee engagement strategies simple to increase the effort your associates invest in the workplace.

  1. Communicate how performance aligns with the business
  2. When there is a clear connection between an associate’s work and

    business strategy, a line of sight is created that gives them a reason

    to come to work and put in their best effort. By being open and

    acknowledging the dedication of your employees, you make their work more

    fulfilling.

  3. Offer work challenges & a chance for input
  4. Neither managers nor their employees can do their best work on their

    own. When your managers are willing to collaborate with associates and

    delegate some tasks, everyone is able to do their job effectively and

    hear a variety of points of view. If employees feel trusted and that

    their work is important, they will naturally feel more inclined to do

    it well.

  5. Personalize career development
  6. The workforce, especially with the addition of the Millennials, is

    becoming more focused on how on-the-job experiences can improve an

    employee’s skill set and their company’s future. Some great ways to

    foster personal development within the workplace include:

    • Creating affinity groups
    • Having employees self-assess their strengths and weaknesses
    • Using subject matter experts within your company as teachers
  7. Develop great managers
  8. Developing great managers is especially important, because the three

    previous tips all depend on having managers who are invested in their

    associates. By keeping managers informed and engaged, their job of

    encouraging employee engagement becomes much easier.

  9. Re-recruit employees
  10. These days, recruiting new talent is a major focus, but there needs to

    be an emphasis on engaging existing employees as well. Periodically

    check in with your employees to assess their “flight risk” and make sure

    their concerns are being addressed to assure them that they are being

    heard and appreciated.

In today’s business world, only one in three employees is engaged and

skilled workers are always in demand. The fact is, your dissatisfied

employees can and will take their talent somewhere else. Be proactive and use an employee engagement survey to assess the potential needs of the workforce.


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