Surveys have shown that a key factor to having long-term employees is keeping them engaged in their job and the organization as a whole.
If employees are satisfied with their job and where they work they are more likely to stay. So employee satisfaction needs to be number one on the employer/employee list of things to do.
Communication with your employees is the only true way of really knowing if they are satisfied with their job and the environment they are working in. Cultivating meaningful relationships will create the environment that will allow this to happen.
As an employer or manager you also need to make sure that your employees are performing in positions that match their career goals. Mismatched employees will never be satisfied and will always be looking for other employment.
There are four prime areas of focus to create employee engagement the first is “the culture” of the organization. What are the basic foundations of the business? What does the leadership, ethics, values and vision look like? If you are a business owner ask yourself if you were an employee would you enjoy working in the environment of your business?
Secondly, does the business provide “support and resources” for the employees continued growth in their position and opportunities for advancement? Employees thrive when they are given opportunities to further their education and possibilities for advancement.
Third, is the organization “people-focused” leading to growth and continued changes in the field in which you are a part of? Stagnant waters grow moss and attract bugs, fresh spring water is always moving it’s refreshing and inviting.
Lastly, does the organization seek to build high levels of trust, pride, caring and fun for those who work there and for those they serve?
The benefits of engaged employee are endless. It is the business culture that will drive its employees to engagement and staying long-term while they enjoy working together or it will drive them away.
“Unity is strength. . . when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” –Mattie Stepanek