Only 14% of your staff are engaged at work
And this statistic includes your leadership team! Ouch. Well that’s according to a Gallup Poll taken in the last couple of years. A recent survey by LinkedIn is saying it’s more like 25%, but even that number is a worry. Business owners I mix with felt that last year was an unusually high staff turnover year too. Sometimes staff turnover can be a good thing particularly when a company needs fresh skills and or a new attitude but the reality is watching your IP walk out the door is very costly and takes years to get back.Here’s a few quick but important tips you might be able to address right now so this year isn’t like last. 1. Communicate more – newsletters, regular One on Ones with every staff member, a walk around the block with your MD, feel your staffs pulse regularly.2.Give your staff feedback, give credit where credits due, learn to give compliments.3. Develop your staff, internal training, external training, set goals and help them develop them.4. Regular employee engagement surveys – perhaps an anonymous survey every 6 months and address issues if there’s a trend.
5. Keep people accountable – people genuinely want to contribute and be productive – help them do that by keeping them on track and if you find someone is deliberately not doing their job move them out of the team as soon as you can. There’s nothing more disheartening for an employee if they’ve got a strong work ethic but their colleague doesn’t.
Written by Erica WestburyManaging DirectorNorwest Recruitment