“Stay conversations” improve employee engagement because they can systemize your practice of proactively asking your team members how they’re doing and what you can do to support them. Understanding what employees want from their jobs and where they hope to be in the future can help you make their jobs engaging and meaningful. The key is to be consistent and authentic. These conversations need to happen at least quarterly. Improving employee engagement needs to be an on-going process.
You’ll never “find” time to recruit and interview so you’ll have to make time. Even if you’re fully staffed, you need to set aside two hours a week for these activities. If no one shows for their interviews, hooray! Now you’ve got two hours to do those important things that keep getting pushed aside in favor of the urgent things.
ENCOURAGE MORE FUN AT WORK
Your workplace should cultivate an environment of fun! There’s no rule against it and who doesn’t like to have fun?
So what does fun look like in a work environment? It can be friendly competitions, team camaraderie, and celebrations. It can be a joke of the day or free candy bars. Ask your employees what they’d like to do for fun! No one leaves the party when they’re having fun.
Here’s technique #51 from my book: 100 +1 Top Tools, Tips & Techniques to Attract & Recruit Top Talent:
Give your frontline employees their own business cards. For a very small investment you:
I was having a follow up chat with one of my recent clients the other day and was delighted to hear employee turnover is now 20 percent lower. I was even more delighted to learn about the innovative programs they’ve devised to improve store manager retention. In this particular region of this nationwide franchise, all store managers can choose one of the following:
Here’s tip #24 from my book: 100 +1 Top Tools, Tips & Techniques to Attract & Recruit Top Talent:
Every New Hire Can Lead to at Least Three New Applicants: Your new employees have a real interest in making a good impression and being helpful, so, after they’ve had a few days on the job, ask them if there are any great people at their former place of employment they would like to have working with them at your company.
Here’s tip #65 from my book: 100 +1 Top Tools, Tips & Techniques to Attract & Recruit Top Talent:
Look for Employee of the Month plaques. Whether you’re shopping for office supplies or making a bank deposit, these plaques tell you exactly who the organization’s best performers are.