What Do You Need to Improve Employee Engagement?

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As an employer, you want your staff to be just as invested in their jobs as you are, but that may not actually be happening. Only 32.5 percent of U.S. workers are engaged in their jobs, according to a January 2016 Gallup survey. The majority of respondents — a total of 51.9 percent — described themselves as “not engaged,” and another 15.7 percent admitted to being “actively disengaged.”

Employee engagement directly impacts the lasting success of your company, so it’s time to start focusing on raising these levels.

5 Tips to Boost Employee Engagement Levels

Learn how to get your team more excited about their jobs and deepen their commitment to your organization.

  1. Make People Feel Included. It’s hard for people to get motivated when they have no idea why they’ve been assigned to work on certain projects. Keeping them in the dark only makes them feel disconnected and insignificant. Before each project launch, gather your staff together to explain its purpose and the impact each person’s contributions will have on the end result.
  2. Help Employees Bond. Your team might be having trouble building a strong rapport because they hardly know each other. When people truly care about their colleagues, they become motivated to do their very best work for the common good. Turn this around by hosting regular team-building events that allow employees to form bonds on a more personal level.
  3. Don’t Play Favorites. If you have a favorite employee — and you likely do — you need to keep this under wraps. Engagement levels plummet when people feel like certain workers have an edge on everyone else, just because the boss likes them more. It’s your job to treat everyone fairly, so stop giving preferential treatment to your favorites.
  4. Focus on Work/Life Balance. Most employees expect to put in a few extra hours from time-to-time, but if this becomes a habit, it will eventually lead to burnout. If your team regularly comes in early, stays late and logs in from home nights and weekends, it’s time to put an end to this behavior. Hire more people or stop taking more business than your company can handle so your staff can enjoy a well-balanced life.
  5. Hire for Cultural Fit. It’s easy to get swept away by a candidate with an incredibly impressive resume, but a perfect skills fit can’t be your only hiring criteria. Cultural fit is actually even more important than the person’s background, so learn to focus on what matters most when choosing new team members.

Partner with Barrington Staffing to fill your staff with talented employees who take pride in their work. Our staffing and recruitment services are available to companies in the San Fernando Valley, Burbank, Thousand Oaks, the Santa Clarita Valley, West Los Angeles, and the surrounding areas.

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