Step back. Take a look around your office. How many of your employees look thrilled to be there?
If you are coming back to this article with genuine concern for your team, then hear this. According to The Gallup Organization, “actively disengaged employees erode an organization’s bottom line while breaking the spirits of colleagues in the process”.
We know you want to avoid this. In fact, we know if you had some practical tools you would start implementing them today. So let’s give you those tools. Here is the Dale Carnegie Secret Formula to keeping your employees engaged.
1. Make your employees feel important every day. Today’s employees know how valuable their time and skills are. Unfortunately, often times after we hire someone, we soon forget to remind him or her how valuable they are to our company. Be sure to let your employees know how important their contributions are to the firm. A simple pat on the back will go a long way to boost morale and make the employee feel like an integral part of the company, thus enhancing their likelihood of staying with you for a longer period of time.
2. Be sympathetic to your employee’s ideas and desires. Every individual has unique goals and dreams. Find out about those desires and do what you can to help the employee meet them. A younger employee might be saving to buy a house, while established employees might want more time with their children. Find out what their career aspirations are? Make sure not to stifle your employees’ wishes. They need to know that you are genuinely interested in helping them reach their dreams, both in employment and in life.
3. Be honest with employees about the future, both the firm’s and their own. How do you discuss the company’s future? Many managers call employee meetings to talk about growth and profits, assuming employees value these things. However, many employees leave these meetings with the feeling that if they work harder, others will see the benefits of their labor. Instead, talk about the company’s future in terms of the employees and what interests them. Increased earnings might yield greater opportunities for training or other desirable benefits. Future expansion means more promotion from within.
To put it simply, keeping your employees engaged is about showing them respect. When you respect them and their contributions you are respecting the future of your company. We cannot expect our employees to build the bridge between their career and firm; by showing them that their career and the firm are moving forward together, they are less likely to leave for greater compensation or greener pastures.
With this secret formula in hand, you are going to see real results. So keep us posted! Your good news always makes our day.
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