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According to the Bureau of National Affairs, employee turnover is responsible for the loss of approximately 11 billion dollars per year. Studies show that highly engaged employees are 87 percent less likely to leave their companies than those that are less engaged. Disengagement is potentially the leading cause of turnover and may be a reason some employees think they need a union on their side. Create a positive employee experience and keep your employees highly engaged!
When employees are engaged, they become passionate about their contributions to the company. They adopt the culture and values of their organization. Engaged employees are willing to go the extra mile to help the company succeed. So, how can you transform a culture of disengagement into a healthy, positive working environment for your employees?
Today’s culture is not like the past where most employees had a desire to stay in one place until retirement. Employee benefits have changed, and most companies no longer offer a pension for employee loyalty. Today’s companies also tend to reorganize with no advanced notice, leaving employees insecure in their level of job security. However, you should strive to can create an environment that promotes partnership. Employees are more likely to feel motivated to stay and grow with the company even through difficult changes.
In most organizations, there is a handful of people that are actually doing the majority of the work. On the other hand, you have others who are merely skating by with next to nothing going on. To remedy this, put together a plan to divide the work more evenly between all employees in each department.
For many employees, it’s all about the paycheck. If you want to keep your best people, then you need to make sure you’re paying them well enough to make their time and energy worth it.
However, don’t forget that it’s not all about the money for everybody. In this day and age, it could be argued that time, not money, is the key engagement element.
A crucial part of creating a positive employee experience is making sure they know they can discuss their thoughts and concerns with management. A great way to do this is to host small group sessions for each department. Include all levels of management in these sessions and encourage open communication.
Modern companies are beginning to realize the importance of having healthy employees on their team. There are many ways to promote healthy living in the workplace. Offer a selection of free fruits and vegetables as snack options in the break room or provide gym memberships to employees. Creating an environment of health is a proven method for improving morale.
It’s crucial to start making positive changes in your organization before it’s too late. Engaged employees are less likely to turn to a union to speak on their behalf. With a few simple adjustments, you can create a positive employee experience. Transform your working environment into a positive culture of collaboration, wellness, and pride.
With over 25 years in the industry, and now as IRI's Director of Business Development, Jennifer has gained a unique perspective on what it takes to build a culture of engagement. By blending a deep understanding of labor and employee relations with powerful digital marketing knowledge, Jennifer has helped thousands of companies achieve behavioral change at a cultural level.