Employee engagement can affect your business in so many ways. It influences efficiency on the floor, improves retention rates and, in many cases, it could also positively affect the number of incidents. Yet, so many businesses either don’t care much about engagement or don’t know how to foster it in their organisation. The first step in having an engaged workforce is making sure that you are hiring motivated employees. Let’s take a look at how you can do this.
You will have to take the first step if you want to make sure that you attract the right type of talent to your company. It all starts with how you advertise your position. You have to structure your ads to make sure that your culture is reflected and attracts people who are the right fit. If your ads look uninspired and bland, this is exactly what you’ll get back.
However, you also have to make sure that you follow through and that the working environment is a true reflection of your ads. You’d be surprised at how many employees end up leaving positions because they felt misled in the interview.
They end up finding out that the employees, culture, or the job itself is completely different than what was sold to them during pre-screening. There is no point in trying to trick employees. It would be a better idea to paint an accurate picture so that you’ll at least have someone that fits your profile and won’t be disappointed.
Culture is about more than creating a fun environment. It’s also about the modernity of your processes. It’s about communication between upper management, supervisors, and employees. It’s about creating chances for advancement and education. It’s also about the job duties and how much is expected from every employee. These are all things that will ultimately dictate what kind of employee you’ll be able to not only bring in but actually retain.
Another thing you should consider is looking at apprenticeship options. You have sites like Embracing Future Potential that are great for people looking for apprenticeships, as well as businesses trying to learn more about different apprenticeship schemes. You’ll be able to learn more about how to recruit apprentices and how to get the most out of them. They also have valuable information for employers who want to learn about funding schemes for hiring apprentices.
Apprentices have the advantage of coming in fresh and are less likely to be disillusioned by the job. And, if you treat them right, they will have a positive view of you and the field. These will often turn into your most loyal employees and could become very valuable assets on the floor.
Hiring motivated and engaged employees is not always an easy task. However, if you go in with the right plan and are consistent, you’ll be able to increase the chance of hiring people who are actually excited about working in your organisation.
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