5 Ways to Engage and Retain Your Company’s Top Talent

Employers have an engagement problem. Earlier this year, Gallup released a survey that found while employee engagement was at its highest since 2000, the majority of employees are not engaged, including 17.5 percent who were actively disengaged from their work. Engaged employees tend to be more productive and it’s easier to retain them, while disengaged employees are checked out and may be looking for a new job. It’s a challenge for employers to keep their employees engaged. Drivers of engagement vary by industry, department and individual. No matter what they are at your organization, measuring the work you do on engagement is critical, says Tim Glowa, co-founder of Bug Insights. Simply boosting things you think will engage employees isn’t a strategic approach. Instead, survey your employees to find out what they find important, and then deploy your resources to make improvements. Repeat the survey often to see if you’re moving …

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3 Ideas for Communicating Your Mission

A strong company mission is effective only if people know what it is. Once the leadership team has set a mission, it’s time to get the word out about it so all employees understand it and can incorporate it into their work. Doing so boosts company culture and gets employees moving in the same direction. “Everyone wants to feel significant and feel that they add value and make a difference, and a mission makes it happen,” says Cydney Koukol, chief communication officer at Talent Plus. Here are 3 ideas for communicating your mission so people understand it and adopt it: 1. Begin with Full Leadership Buy-In Mission communication starts at the top. It must be clear to employees what the mission is through behaviors and priorities, and that starts with the CEO and executive team, says Anne Bahr Thompson, founder of Onesixtyfourth, a brand consultancy. When leaders can express the mission in their …

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