Bolstering Engagement in New Hires

Posted on: April 2nd, 2013 by mfzMaster No Comments
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Bolstering Engagement in New Hires

Good companies know that offering talented people work is only the beginning of the hiring process.

They know that they need more than warm bodies in seats to stay competitive.  They require employees that are focused, enthusiastic, proactive, and persistent. In a word, they need employees that are engaged.

Engagement in new hires rarely happens automatically. Starting a new job can be a disorienting, stressful experience, which can make people feel rather lost and disengaged. Engagement in new hires comes from a combination of factors that need to be implemented on an organizational level. Without those factors, it is more likely that new hires will be looking for a different job in no time. Read on to learn three ways to improve employee engagement in new hires.

Help new hires adjust through structured practices

One of the worst things an employer can do is drop employees into their new jobs and expect them to fend for themselves.  It may seem financially sensible to cut back on training and other forms of guidance, and perhaps it will save some money in the short term. However, in the long term, a lack of structure for new employees is more likely to contribute to disengaged workers who will not offer their employer everything they could. It could also contribute to high attrition rates. It is difficult to assemble a cohesive, engaged group when someone is always about to leave.

Encourage feelings of safety

Employees feel best if they feel safe at work. In other words, they feel like they have the support of their colleagues and supervisors. They are not concerned about being stabbed in the back or mocked for expressing an idea. In a working environment that feels safe, creative ideas and good questions flow more freely. Harsh criticisms have a tendency to do more harm than good, and efforts should be made to discourage that type of acerbic feedback on an organizational level.

Show how tasks fit into the big picture

Monotonous work that does not seem to serve any purpose kills engagement. Employees do not want to feel like they are being occupied by inane tasks simply to fill time. They want to feel like they are contributing to something. Especially in big companies, it can feel at times like tasks exist in a vacuum.

There is no reason this should be the case. All employees, especially new ones, should have an idea how their work fits into the bigger picture. This can be accomplished through refined communication efforts on a supervisorial level, or through Internet initiatives that promote better dialogue between employee and employer.

In order to remain competitive, businesses need to put their best foot forward. It is impossible to do that without highly productive employees who are engaged with their work and eager to contribute to their employer’s goals. New hires are especially susceptible to becoming disengaged in the whirl of a new job. Steps must be taken to ensure that people hired quickly feel involved in the company and keen to make it better.

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