“Start with good people, lay out the rules, communicate with your employees, motivate them, and reward them. If you do all those things effectively, you can’t miss.” — Lee Iacocca
By Lisa Ryan
Keeping your top talent engaged, enthusiastic, and committed to long-term employment in your organization is key. It’s crucial to your success as an organization and especially impactful on your bottom line.
As you know, there are a number of reasons why people leave:
In fact, a recent Gallup poll revealed that a whopping 71 percent of employees aren’t engaged in their job. Imagine if you were able to increase your employee’s level of connection and commitment to your organization by just 10 percent. Do you think that would make a difference to your bottom line? The answer is a resounding YES!
Take a moment, look around, and see if you can honestly determine who’s actively engaged and who is just hanging on by a thread. If you’ve ever been surprised by an abrupt employee departure, you know that it’s not always easy to spot what’s going on inside your employees’ heads. Creating a positive work environment will result in:
When you have assembled a great team, it’s important to keep the “honeymoon” going. Remember all the reasons why you hired each one of your employees and make sure to acknowledge their contributions to the company. Too often managers grow complacent in their treatment of employees that have been around awhile. When this is done, it opens the door for your brightest and best talent to find another organization that will appreciate the talents and skills and abilities that they bring with them.
If it’s been awhile since you have spent quality time with your long-term employees, put them on your schedule. You might want to invite your staff members to lunch or just sit down with them for a couple minutes to find out how everything is going in their world. Make sure to share with them what you appreciate about their contributions. Remember, what gets recognized gets repeated, so be specific in your acknowledgement of their efforts.
When you engage your employees today, they won’t become someone else’s top talent tomorrow.
P.S. — If you’re out of practice, don’t sweat it. Just let your employees know that you are going to make a more concentrated effort to keep in touch with them. A little time goes a long way.
Employee engagement expert and motivational speaker Lisa Ryan works with organizations to help them keep their top talent and best customers from becoming someone else’s. For more information, she can be reached at (216) 225-8027 and her website.