A recent employee development Survey by WorkplaceTrends.com stated that 60 percent of U.S. and U.K. human resources leaders believe their companies provide employees with clear advancement opportunities. However, the employees themselves disagreed—only 36 percent believed they were provided with the opportunities they needed and deserved. This unfortunately low number implies that there is some gray area when it comes to making sure employees are properly supported. Not only is this undesirable for the employee, but it could cause your organization to suffer from a lack of retention and employee engagement. Learn how to improve employee engagement and interoffice retention by asking these 7 questions to ensure your organization is truly providing for its employees, courtesy of Inc.com:
- What are your personal goals and values?
- What do you love about your job?
- What are your personal development goals in your current position?
- What motivates you and keeps you coming to work every day?
- What type of skills do you feel like you’re currently lacking?
- What type of career support will be most beneficial to you?
- How do you learn best, and what’s the best way to support your development?
“Companies need to survey their employees to understand their needs so that they can better serve each one individually and as a group,” says Dan Schawbel, founder of WorkplaceTrends. Showing interest in aiding an employee’s specific concerns will help them feel more individually valuable to the workplace, thereby motivating a more positive work response.
The effort should not stop there however—there are several steps to improve the workplace. But initiating conversations to get a better understanding of your employees’ personal and professional life is an effective first step towards maintaining employee retention and engagement.
The takeaway is this: maintain stable communication with your employees to see the workplace from their perspective in order to ultimately improve and sustain a positive work environment that promotes employee engagement and retention.