What do you do to engage employees?
What do you do immediately to engage new employees? These are two questions that I will be asking participants for my next Team Building Training. Someone in the audience usually gives a sarcastic answer – keep negative team members away from new hires so they are not influenced by these toxic people. There’s a lot of truth to this statement!
The ideas below were given to me by a group of HR professionals. I look forward to hearing what you do to engage employees.
Engage Employees Strategy #1: Make Them Feel Welcome Immediately
- Organize a staff lunch on the first day to greet new team members
- Ask the team to describe how departments interact with each other
- Meet with the new hires to assess their training goals and needs
Engage Employees Strategy #2: Remove New Job Jitters
- Provide a mentor for the new hire to job shadow
- Invite new employees to attend meetings in all departments to make their roles clear
- New employees will meet with mentors daily for at least a week to answer questions
- Communicate clear written expectations and consequences to remove confusion
Let’s get Real on How to Engage Employees!
I realize that some of you may be thinking that your company doesn’t have the time to do all of the strategies above to engage employees. All I ask is for you to take a look at your turnover. If it’s low you are probably using some of these ideas. If the revolving door syndrome is apparent, it may be time to implement these techniques. Remember – these are being used in the best and brightest place to work to engage employees.
Find more ideas on how to engage employees in our Team Building Knowledge Base.
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