5 Employee Engagement Pillars to Keep Ratings High

A scale from frowning to smiley faces could measure your employee engagement

Wherever you are on the employee engagement rating scale, you should know what it takes to move the needle, and then keep your employee engagement levels where you want them to be as part of your overall talent management strategy.

Most companies work hard to hire and onboard the best employees. That’s great…but you need to be sure you create the conditions in place to keep employees contributing positively to your organization in a way that makes sense for your strategy and organizational culture.  Done right, employee engagement is about engaging employees so they want to perform at their peak and stay with the organization for the long haul.

Here are five critical employee engagement strategies that can help you retain your top talent:

  1. Promote an open, honest corporate culture
    Silos and secrets foster distrust and rumors. And the opposite is true. When knowledge is shared and managers encourage open communication, productivity increases alongside positive collaboration. Employees should feel free to share their ideas and concerns. And managers should provide frequent forums for honest dialogue, helpful feedback and effective problem-solving.
  2. Let employees know you care
    Show employees that you truly value them and their contributions. Get to know your team members on an individual basis…their strengths, their motivators, their interests, their ambitions. As you demonstrate genuine interest in their wellbeing, they will repay you with their commitment to doing their best. This is just basic psychology.
  3. Be clear about expectations
    You can’t expect employees to deliver top-notch performance if they don’t understand clearly how you measure success. Be specific about what you require with each task you assign. The better your employees understand how you define success, the better they can satisfy you. When do you want it? How will you measure it? What will it look like? Is it achievable? What sort of support can they expect?
  4. Recognize work well done
    We all appreciate recognition for accomplishment. When an employee turns in a superior work product, acknowledge them with specific, and perhaps, public thanks. If discretionary effort and excellent work are regularly ignored, employees feel undervalued and unappreciated. This is fertile ground for employees to look elsewhere for a company that will appreciate their contribution.
  5. Foster an environment of continuous learning
    Engaged employees can see a clear path ahead. Dead end jobs are discouraging. See that you have ongoing career development conversations with your team. Find out where they want to grow and provide opportunities for helping them toward their goals. When they can focus their time and effort on projects they enjoy, they will repay you with dedication and enthusiasm for what they do.

These five pillars of employee engagement will keep your rating of employee satisfaction high. And besides having a happier workforce, here’s your incentive—studies show that engaged workers are over 40% more productive and effective than their unengaged counterparts. 

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