If you’re noticing an upward trend in employee turnover at your organization, there is a good chance you are being faced with a deeper issue of employee engagement. Employees often become unengaged when they do not feel valued by their company. Improving employee engagement requires leadership buy-in and a proactive strategy that lets workers knows they are making a real difference. If you are unsure where to begin but have noticed high employee turnover, then it is time to consider new strategies for making your employees feel valued.
Connect with Employees
Employees want their bosses to know who they are. They want to be recognized as valuable contributors to the company, and not just a number on the payroll. Connecting with your employees goes beyond knowing their names. It means understanding what each person’s strengths and weaknesses are, and then finding ways of playing to their strengths and improving areas where they struggle.
When supervisors take an interest in their team members and make a genuine effort to help them succeed, it lets the employees know they are valued and increases their desire to invest in the company.
Acknowledge a Job Well Done
It’s difficult for employees to feel valued when their hard work seems to go unnoticed by their leaders. Acknowledging when your employees have done something well can go a long way in making them feel valued. Your acknowledgement doesn’t have to be extravagant. A sincere “thank you” can be effective in boosting an employee’s engagement in the workplace.
Your employees dedicate a lot of time to your company and its success. As contributing members of the same team, your employees deserve to know what is going on, whether it is good or bad news. Keeping your workforce in the loop helps them feel more connected to the business and its goals.
Listen to Employees
Employees want to know their voices matter. Providing them with a platform to share their ideas and constructive feedback lets your team know they are working for a company that cares about everyone’s involvement. There are several ways of gathering employee feedback, including surveys, suggestion boxes, informal one-on-one meetings, feedback coaches, etc.
Once an effective system is in place for employees to voice their opinions, employers should encourage team members to utilize it. Showing employees that your organization wants to receive feedback rather than shying away from it will further communicate the level of value your company places in their workers, contributing to increased engagement.
Offer an Employee Assistance Program
A great way to decrease turnover is to provide benefits to employees. This means going beyond the healthcare plan and paid sick leave your organization offers today. EAPs are available to support your workforce and help them achieve a more satisfying work-life balance.
Employee assistance programs provide a variety of services to help with challenges like stress management, grief, marital and family struggles, substance abuse problems, eldercare, and more. These services are completely anonymous, so employees utilizing EAP benefits don’t need to worry about their supervisors or co-workers finding out they are in counseling. Encouraging your employees to maintain their mental and emotional health by offering EAP benefits contributes to a more productive and engaged workforce.
For many companies, a lot of resources are spent on training new employees when dissatisfied workers quit. To reduce the cost and headache of high turnover, companies should be investing in strategies to make their workforce feel valued and engaged. If you’d like to know more about how an EAP can increase your organization’s employee engagement, contact Mazzitti and Sullivan today.