When a business has engaged employees who are dedicated to the success of the company, the business is bound to flourish. But if your employees show up to work day-in and day-out just for their paycheck, you may have a problem on your hands. Allstaff Services, Inc. (serving the greater Phoenix area) has been in the staffing business for over five decades, and we have seen companies thrive by choosing the right, motivated employees.
What is Employee Engagement?
First of all, what are we talking about when we use the term employee engagement? Employee engagement is the level of commitment, passion, and loyalty an employee shows toward their specific job, and toward the company as a whole. It’s about unlocking the capabilities and potential within each individual employee, which in turn contributes to organizational success.
3 Tips to Successfully Cultivate Employee Engagement
- Don’t rush the onboarding process. We cannot overstate how important the initial onboarding process is to a new employee’s success and engagement with your company. When your employees know their roles well, they know what is expected of them. If they’ve shadowed across other departments, then they get to see the how their job contributes success to the company as a whole. If you impress the importance of building meaningful office relationships from the beginning, they will feel connected and therefore, happier. When they know the chain of command and that their feedback is welcome and vital, you communicate to them their importance. And all of this means your employees are more likely to engage.
- Resist micromanaging. Micromanaging can be detrimental to your team’s productivity and engagement. Unfortunately, it may be difficult to identify whether you’re a micromanager. You may downplay your controlling managing style by telling yourself, “I just like to keep tabs on my employees.” But ask yourself if you are the kind of boss that highlights all the little details, prefers to be cc’d on email threads, and is rarely satisfied with your teams’ work. If you answered yes to these questions, you might be a micromanager. When your employees are given freedom to think, create, and problem solve they will see their role as essential to the company, which will cultivate their engagement. So it’s valuable to you and to your company to choose a managing style that helps your employees flourish.
- Commit to employee development. Odds are that many of your employees didn’t choose your company just because you have the best benefits and a competitive pay scale, but because they strategically see how working for you can lead to further opportunity in your company. Developing your employees to eventually become managers in your company is a smart plan for you as well, since you’ve already invested so much time and money in their training and onboarding. Investing in their career development shows them you are committed to them, and in turn, will boost their commitment right back to the company.
Finding great talent isn’t easy, so leave that piece of the puzzle to us. At Allstaff Services, Inc., you can trust in our experience as a staffing business to find the right fit for your company. Keeping that talent happy and engaged will become your job, once your new hire joins your workforce. And developing your strategy for employee engagement will go a long way in building a satisfied team.