The Employee Engagement Game: Will you Win or Lose?

Take a few guesses: What do you think will help you as a manager or executive retain talent when the economy improves?

Let’s look at some research facts to find out what employees are saying and then let’s discuss what you can do about it in your organization.

Here are the results from a survey that asked what was important for job satisfaction:

• Good Relationships with Co-Workers

• Job Security

• Desirable Commute and Desirable Hours (flexibility)

Read the survey

The Society for Human Resource Management survey tells us that employees value:

• Professional Development Opportunities

• Relationship with Manager and

• Flexibility

Read the Society for Human Resource Management Survey

Randstad reports these three factors are essential for employee engagement:

• Trust – by both managers and co-workers

• Flexibility

• Support with career growth and the desire to grow with the company

Have you discerned the pattern? It is certainly a challenge during an economic downturn to invest in employees. But unless you do, you may loose them as soon as the job market loosens up. Here’s interesting data:

Approximately 65% of employees admitted to passively or actively looking for a new job, compared to employers’ estimate of 37%. Employers overestimate the degree of extremely satisfied employees nearly 2 to 1. Furthermore, this research found that Millennials report the lowest job satisfaction scores. Can you afford to lose your young talent?

Read more!

Were your guesses on target?

What do you Do to Retain Talent and

Increase Employee Engagement?

The situation is not bleak.

There is hope.

Conduct leadership training and leadership coaching to increase the capacity of your managers so they support their staff more effectively. The capability of your leaders is the primary link to employee engagement. Employee engagement is the key factor to achieving your business results. Hold leaders accountable for increasing employee engagement.

Ask your employees what is important to them. Conduct Employee Climate Surveys. Follow-up and address the issues that are raised in the survey results. At a minimum explain why you may not be able to make the requested changes. Engage in two-way communication. Conduct open forums or focus groups as a follow-up to the survey. Ensure that there is a safe climate to support candor so employees do not feel they will be retaliated against if they are honest.

Engage in team building opportunities. This does not have to be trust falls and rope courses. Make time to engage staff in problem solving difficult business challenges. Help your team learn more about the personal work preferences of each team member so they can work more effectively together. If you have a virtual team, you can still engage in activities to increase trust and collaboration? Don’t wait until the budget might allow for a face-to-face meeting. Learn how to build cohesive, high performing virtual teams.

These are three concrete strategies for which Artemis Management Consultants can provide support to you. We listen to our needs, learn your culture and customize solutions. We guarantee our work with you will increase the three bottom lines – Productivity, Customer and Employee Satisfaction.  We provide you with a return in your investment.

Remember, if you lose valuable talent the consequence are costly:

• It costs between 150%-200% of a person’s salary to replace an employee. This includes the cost of  recruiting, the loss of productivity if the job is vacant as well as the learning curve time for a new employee to become optimally productive.

• Institutional knowledge walks out the door.

• The manager and team all spend time away from productive work to integrate the new employee.

• If a respected employee leaves, it may cause others to consider leaving as well. The brain drain may begin.

Call us at 415-388-9514 to explore how we can help you increase employee engagement, leadership capability and team performance.

Email: Barb Miller

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